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OrthoEvra®


What Is It?

A birth-control patch that contains both estrogen and progestin.


How Does It Work?

  • Thickens cervical mucus
  • Prevents ovulation (release of egg)
  • Prevents implantation of fertilized egg

How Is It Used?

  • New patch applied each week for 3 weeks
  • Removed during the fourth week
  • Can go on buttocks, abdomen, or upper arm

Effectiveness:

  • 98% – 99%
  • Equals Pill effectiveness

Benefits:

  • Does not interfere with sex
  • Weekly use, rather than daily
  • Good cycle control
  • May improve acne

Possible Concerns:

  • Breast tenderness first 3 months
  • Irritation to skin (rotating the placement helps)
  • Some bleeding and nausea first 3 months
  • May increase risk of stroke, heart attack, blood clots, or high blood pressure (especially for women over 35 who smoke)

DOES NOT REDUCE THE RISK OF HIV/AIDS OR STDs





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