When a couple does not have the desire to get pregnant anticonception must be used. There are different ways to prevent pregnancy. One of them is the contraceptive patch. When using the contraceptive patch the two hormones (ethinyl estradiol and norelgestromin) are absorbed from the patch into the bloodstream. These two hormones prevent ovulation, thicken the cervical mucus which makes it harder for the sperm to travel through the cervix, and thins the womb lining in order to make it less likely for the fertilised egg to implant there.
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How does the Evra patch work?
Evra patch is applied to …
The contraceptive patch is to be applied once a week for the period of three weeks. After three weeks a patch free week must follow. In this week you might get a withdrawal although this does not always happen. Patches can be applied on most areas of the body as long as the skin is clean, dry and not very hairy.
What is the advantage of using a contraceptive patch?
There are many advantages of using a contraceptive patch. Compared to the anticonception pill which has to be taken daily, the patch only needs to be applied weekly. This makes the chance of forgetting to apply the patch less likely. Furthermore, women experience shorter and lighter periods with less cramps. Last but not least, unlike the anticonception pill, the patch is still effective if you are sick and have thrown up or have diarrhoea. When used properly, the patch is secure for 99%.