99% effective if properly used
A patch (similar to a small plaster). Each patch is worn for seven days, for three weeks, followed by a patch free week.
How it Works
The patch contains the female hormones oestrogen and progestogen. The hormones are absorbed through the skin to stop ovulation (an egg being released).
- Does not interrupt sex
- May be easier to remember, applied once a week for three weeks
- Highly reversible method of contraception
- May be seen on the skin
- Certain medication can interfere with its effectiveness. In this instance another method of contraception would have to be used.
- Not suitable for women with conditions such as high blood pressure
- Does not protect against sexually transmitted infections
- Costs more than the pill
- Not available without a prescription
- Not advised for smokers over 35, women who are breast-feeding