The Birth Control Patch- Ortho Evra
- A small patch that sticks to your skin to prevent pregnancy
- Safe, effective, and convenient
- Easy to get with a prescription
- Also called Ortho Evra
Is the Birth Control Patch Right for Me?
The birth control patch is commonly called Ortho Evra, its brand name. The maker of Ortho Evra has stopped making the birth control patch, based on business decisions. If you use Ortho Evra, talk with your doctor or nurse about switching to another brand of birth control patch called Xulane or to another type of birth control.
Other options similar to the patch include the birth control pill or ring, which have the same hormones as Ortho Evra. Or you may want to consider getting an implant or IUD — these safe, convenient methods provide over 99% effective protection against pregnancy for up to 12 years.
The hormones in the patch are the same hormones as in the birth control pill — estrogen and progestin.
The hormones in the birth control patch work by
Keeping eggs from leaving the ovaries. Pregnancy cannot happen if there is no egg to join with the sperm.
Making cervical mucus thicker. This keeps sperm from getting to the eggs.
Less than 1 out of 100 women will get pregnant each year if they always use the patch as directed.
About 9 out of 100 women will get pregnant each year if they don’t always use the patch as directed.
The patch may be less effective for women who are overweight. Talk with your health care provider if you are concerned about how well the patch may work for you.
You should not use the patch during prolonged bed rest or if you
get migraine headaches with aura
have certain inherited blood-clotting disorders
have had blood clots or vein inflammation
have had breast or liver cancer
have had a heart attack, stroke, or angina
have had serious heart valve problems
have lupus with certain conditions
have serious liver disease
have uncontrolled high blood pressure
have very bad diabetes
smoke and are 35 or older
smoke and have high blood pressure
If you have a condition that makes it unsafe to use the patch, don’t worry. There are many other methods of birth control that may be safe for you if you cannot use it. Read about other methods to find one that is right for you.
If you start the patch later than five days after the start of your period, protection will begin after seven days. Use another method of birth control — like a condom, female condom, diaphragm, or sponge — if you have vaginal intercourse during the first week of use.