How Does The Patch Work?
The patch is a small plaster looking material that can be stuck to your upper arm, shoulder or bum but shouldn’t be applied to breasts or broken skin.
Like the combined pill & vaginal ring, the patch releases two hormones; oestrogen and progestogen to stop pregnancy.
The patch is worn continuously for 7 days and on the 8th day it should be changed for a new one, this should happen for 3 weeks and then you should have a break for 7 days.
What To Expect At Your Appointment
When you go to your GP, the doctor or nurse will ask you a few questions and to check you are suitable for the patch and also show you how to apply them.
You will be given a 3 month supply and have follow up reviews every 12 months or if you have any problems.
✅ It doesn't get in the way of sex.
✅ No evidence as of yet for gaining weight on this.
✅ They are not affected by any other medicines or being sick.
✅ Can make bleeds lighter, more regular and reduce period pain.
✅ Can reduce acne.
❌ It does not protect against STIs
❌ Can cause skin irritation.
❌ It can be visible.
❌ Can bleed in-between periods.
❌ Can cause temporary side effects like nausea, headaches & sore boobs.