The birth control patch for women is a form of contraception which includes the hormones estrogen and progestin. You set the little patch on your own skin once a week for 3 weeks, so you put on a patch for a total of 21 days. Through the fourth week, you do not put on a patch — that lets menstrual bleeding to happen. The birth control patch functions similarly to blend birth control pills. You’re going to require a prescription from your healthcare provider to use the birth control patch. The patch does not protect against sexually transmitted diseases (STIs).
In comparison to oral contraceptives, less than one out of 100 women will get pregnant through the first year of average usage of this birth control patch.
The birth control patch does not protect against sexually transmitted diseases (STIs).
Negative effects of the birth control patch may include:
- Breakthrough bleeding or spotting
- Skin irritation
- Breast tenderness or pain
- Menstrual pain
- Nausea or vomiting
- Abdominal pain
- Mood swings
- Weight gain
- Muscle spasms
- Vaginal infections and discharge
- Fluid retention
You will want to ask a prescription for the birth control patch from your healthcare provider. Your healthcare provider will examine your health history and check your blood pressure. Speak with your healthcare provider about any medicines you are taking, including nonprescription and herbal products.