Contraceptive Patches - Advantages And Disadvantages

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Contraceptive Patches - Advantages And Disadvantages
Contraceptive Patches - Advantages And Disadvantages
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The contraceptive patch

The contraceptive patch is a small, thin, skin-colored, self-adhesive patch. It is 4.5 x 4.5 cm and is stuck directly onto the skin. The contraceptive patch - like the combination pill - contains the female sex hormones estrogen and progestin, which are absorbed through the skin. This prevents monthly ovulation…

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  • How is the patch used correctly?
  • Forgot the plaster - what to do?
  • How reliable is the contraceptive patch?
  • Advantages and disadvantages of the contraceptive patch?
  • Whom can I ask?
  • How are the costs going to be covered?

How is the patch used correctly?

The patch is placed on the skin for seven days on the first day of menstruation. The patch must then be replaced with a new one. This change should always take place on the same day of the week. After three weeks, there is a seven-day break during which there is bleeding. After the patch-free week, a new patch will be put on again - even if the bleeding continues.

Note Only one patch may be worn at a time!

The following areas of the body are suitable as adhesive points for the plaster:

  • belly
  • buttocks
  • Outside of the upper arms
  • Entire torso except for the chest

Even a visit to the swimming pool or sauna does not affect the adhesion.

Note Make sure that you stick the patch on the clean and dry skin. The same part of the body should not be used when changing the patch.

Forgot the plaster - what to do?

If you forget to change the patch, you can do this within 48 hours. Thereafter, there is no longer any reliable protection against unwanted pregnancy. To be on the safe side, an additional contraceptive (e.g. condom) should be used until the next bleeding occurs.

How reliable is the contraceptive patch?

The contraceptive patch is considered a safe method of contraception (Pearl Index 0.9). The effectiveness may be reduced for women who are overweight (over 90 kg).

Advantages and disadvantages of the contraceptive patch?

The contraceptive patch is ideal for all women who do not want to think about contraception every day. As with any medication, the contraceptive plaster can have undesirable side effects in addition to the desired effect.

benefits

  • The contraceptive patch only needs to be used once a week.
  • Vomiting and diarrhea do not affect its effectiveness.

disadvantage

  • The contraceptive patch does not protect against sexually transmitted infections.
  • Irregular bleeding is possible due to the hormone release.
  • The contraceptive plaster can cause side effects such as headache, reactions at the place where the plaster was stuck, nausea, breast tenderness.
  • The contraceptive patch cannot be used while breastfeeding as the baby would absorb too much hormone through breast milk. The estrogen effect can also stop the flow of milk.
  • If you are overweight (over 90 kg), the effectiveness of the contraceptive patch is reduced.
  • The patch is visible.
  • Not suitable for smokers over 35, women with high blood pressure or a tendency to thrombosis or liver diseases.
  • Skin irritation may occur.

Whom can I ask?

The contraceptive patch requires a prescription and is prescribed by the gynecologist when the patient is first prescribed. It is available at the pharmacy. You can find pharmacies in your area under Services: "Pharmacy search".

How are the costs going to be covered?

The costs are not covered by social security.

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