The patch is placed directly on the skin (lower abdomen, buttocks, upper outer arm or to the upper torso – except for the breasts). It releases progestin and estrogen into the bloodstream to stop the ovaries from releasing eggs. It also thickens the cervical mucus, which stops the sperm from joining with the egg. You put on a new patch every week except the 4th week to allow for menstruation.
93% typical use
Greater than 99% effective when used perfectly
Things you may like about the patch:
- Regulates menstrual cycle
- Eases PMS symptoms such as bleeding, cramping etc.
- Could decrease acne
- Reduces the risk of ovarian/endometrial cancer
- Decreases risk of benign breast tumors and incidence of ovarian cysts
- Only have to remember weekly
Things you may dislike about the patch:
- Requires a clinic visit/prescription
- Antibiotics may reduce effectiveness
- Potential side-effects include:
- Changes in your period including spotting
- Breast tenderness
- Increase in acne
- Vaginal infections
- Depression (rare)
- Cardiovascular changes (rare)
Can cost $150+ at other clinics and pharmacies.
MyAlly Health may not have this method on hand, but we can write you a prescription!
*Disclaimer: Costs are an estimate. Additional or different services may be ordered by the provider that may not be included in this price.
Does it protect against STIs?
No. The patch does not protect from STIs. Use condoms to reduce the spread of STIs.
Disclaimer: This website is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have.