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5 Features of Birth Control Patches

For people who have difficulty to take pills regularly, birth control patches can be the answer. The patch sticks firmly onto the skin and can be worn on the arm, back, buttocks or stomach but not on the breasts. Birth control patches are, however, not for everybody and should be considered only with the appropriate medical advice.

Birth Control Patches

1. Types
At the moment there is only one birth control patch available namely Ortho Evra. In certain countries it is marketed as Evra.

2. Usage
The patch must be worn for a week and should be replaced on the same day each week. The birth control patches are worn for three continuous weeks with a patch-free week during the fourth week which is the menstruation week.

3. Effectiveness
Birth control patch effectiveness is, when used correctly, 99%. The patch might not be effective for women weighing more than 198 pounds. The use of antibiotics can also have an influence on the effectiveness of the patch.

4. Cost
To obtain a for birth control patches can cost between $50 and $200 while the three week supply costs between $30 and $35.

5. Side Effects
As with oral contraceptives the birth control patch has side effects and cannot be used by everybody. The patches should be described by a doctor that is aware of your medical history. Women, who smoke, suffer from heart problems, high blood pressure and other illnesses cannot always use the patch. General side effects can include breast tenderness, nausea, bloating and headaches.

The information supplied in this article is not to be considered as medical advice and is for educational purposes only.