Private & Confidential Patches
About Our Patches
Getting a Contraceptive Patch
Other methods of contraception can also be discussed.
If it is safe to do so, we will hand over the contraceptive patches to you by the end of the appointment.
This can take between 15-20 minutes. You will have enough time to discuss any questions or worries you may have.
Who will I see?
All appointments will have a female chaperone, if required.
Is this confidential?
Read more about how we protect your confidentiality.
How much will it cost me?
(consultation fee included)
Contraceptive Patch FAQs
What is a Contraceptive Patch?
It is a mixture of 2 female hormones oestrogen and progesterone which work together to prevent pregnancy
How does it work?
We will begin by taking a detailed sexual, menstruation and medical history to ensure that the Contraceptive Patch is appropriate for you.
After the initial Contraception Consultation (included in the fee), our Specialists will provide you with the Contraceptive Patch.
The Contraceptive Patch works (like the pill & injection) in 3 ways:
- It inhibits ovulation
- It thins the endometrium (lining of the uterus)
- It thickens cervical mucus to prevent sperm entering the uterus
Simply put, the contraceptive pill prevents the body from releasing an egg, or if it does, the sperm will not be able to reach the egg or a fertilised egg will be unable to implant in the womb.
How do I take it?
The Contraceptive Patch should be applied to a clean, dry, hairless, intact healthy skin on the buttock, abdomen, upper outer arm or upper torso. This place should not be rubbed by tight clothing.
The Patch should not be placed on the breasts or on skin that is red, irritated or cut. Each consecutive transdermal patch should be applied to a different place on the skin to help avoid potential irritation, although they may be kept within the same anatomic site.
The transdermal patch should be pressed down firmly until the edges stick well. You should check daily to ensure proper adhesion.
To prevent interference with the adhesive properties of the transdermal patch, no makeup, creams, lotions, powders or other topical products should be applied to the skin area where the transdermal patch is placed or where it will be applied shortly.
The EVRA transdermal patch should not be cut, damaged or altered in any way as this may compromise contraceptive effectiveness.
Only one transdermal patch is to be worn at a time.
Each used transdermal patch is removed and immediately replaced with a new one on the same day of the week (Change Day) on Day 8 and Day 15 of the cycle. Transdermal patch changes may occur at any time on the scheduled Change Day. The fourth week is transdermal patch-free starting on Day 22.
A new contraceptive cycle begins on the next day following transdermal patch-free week; the next EVRA transdermal patch should be applied even if there has been no withdrawal bleeding or if withdrawal bleeding has not yet stopped.
As the patch is applied to the skin and has strong glue, this can cause skin irritation and reaction
Common unwanted side effects can include; headaches, skin changes, mood changes, breast tenderness, bloating. Less common include vomiting, diarrhoea, migraine, breast enlargement and descreased libido.
Non-contraceptive benefits can include a shorter, lighter, less painful regular bleed. Help with mood changes and pre-menstrual tension. In some cases, can improve period pains and problematic skin.