Birth Control Patch
- What is it?
- Are there different types?
- How does it work?
- How effective is it?
- How can I find out more?
Yes. The Scotland County Health Department currently provides Ortho Evra. There is also a generic known as Xulane.
A birth control patch works by releasing artificial hormones that stop the ovaries from releasing eggs. In addition, the hormones in the patch thicken the mucus in the cervix (the opening of the womb), making it hard for sperm to enter the womb. You can get birth control patches through a prescription provided by a health care provider.
A patch is used by placing it on the skin of the butt, stomach, upper outer arm, or upper torso. You use one patch each week for three weeks, and you will get your period on the fourth week. If you start the patch within the first 5 days of your period, you’re protected from pregnancy right away. If you start later, you’ll have to wait 7 days before you’re protected, and you’ll need to use a backup method.
With perfect use, it is 99% effective. With typical use, it is 91% effective.
- Few serious problems for young women.
- Simple and easy to use.
- Does not interfere with sex.
- Less cramping and bleeding during your period.
- Very small chance of blood clots, heart attacks, and strokes.
- May cause high blood pressure.
- May cause weight changes, spotting, and moodiness.
- Not ideal to be used while breastfeeding.
- May not be a good method for women over the age of 35 who also smoke.
- Does not provide protection from HIV/STDs.
To find out more about the birth control patch, please call the Scotland County Health Department at (910) 277-2440 to talk with a healthcare professional and to make an appointment.