Contraceptive Patch

  • The patch available in the UK is called ‘Evra’
  • Contains two hormones, similar to the combined pill, oestrogen and progestogen
  • 5cm x 5cm beige coloured, sticky patch

If used correctly Evra is over 99% effective at preventing pregnancy. It provides no protection against sexually transmitted infections.

Considerations

  • A careful medical history will be taken to ensure it is safe for you to use Evra.
  • You have to remember to re-new the patch once a week
  • If you are using Evra it is very important to see a doctor if you have any of the following symptoms:
  • Chest pain
  • Breathlessness
  • Painful swelling in your leg
  • Unusual headaches or migraine that are worse that usual
  • Any visual disturbances e.g. flashing lights
  • Jaundice – yellow skin