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Contraceptive patch

What is it?

The contraceptive patch looks like a small plaster. It delivers artificial oestrogen and progesterone hormones into the body through the skin.

How it works

The contraceptive patch contains the same hormones as the combined pill, and it works in the same way. It prevents eggs being released, thickens cervical mucus to prevent sperm meeting an egg, and thins the lining of the womb to stop eggs implanting.

The patch can be applied anywhere on the skin that is clean, dry and doesn’t have much hair. Each patch lasts for one week. The patch is changed every week for three weeks, then you have a week off without a patch.

For the patch to prevent pregnancy, it is very important that you remember to check that the patch stays in place and to put on a new one once a week as directed.

The patch is 91% effective when used as directed.

If you are someone who may struggle to remember to check the patch is still on or to change it when and how directed, there may be better methods of contraception for you to try.

We can discuss the range of contraception methods available to find the one that would be best for you, and provide whichever option is required.

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