The Patch

Contraceptive Patch

A small patch stuck to the skin containing both oestrogen and progestogen.


  • 99% effective if used according to instructions.
  • You don’t have to think about it everyday; you only have to remember to replace the patch once a week.
  • Only wear the patch for 3 weeks out of 4. You will have a period in the week you are not wearing a patch.
  • Fertility quickly returns once the patch is removed.


  • Not recommended for very overweight women or smokers aged over 35.
  • Breakthrough bleeding and spotting is common in the first few months.
  • Possible skin reaction and may be visible on the skin when wearing certain clothing.
  • The patch does not protect you from sexually transmitted infections, so you should also use condoms.
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