How to Protect Yourself from STDs?

Anyone can catch a sexually transmitted disease
(STD) if they are sexually active. It doesn’t matter if you are male or female,
young or old, in a committed relationship or having more casual partnerships.
If you are having any kind of sexual contact with another person (or if you
have had in the past) then you could have an STD. However, that doesn’t mean
that there’s nothing you can do to protect yourself.

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What’s It Like to Wear the Contraceptive Patch?

If you’re looking for a form of contraception that is easy to use and doesn’t require any implants or coils to be fitted, then the contraception patch may be right for you. What is it actually like to wear the patch?

The Contraception Patch

The contraception patch is one of the options if you want to use hormonal contraception. It works in a similar way to the pill, but you won’t need to remember to take it every day. Instead, you will be able to stick on your patch and then leave it to work. The contraceptive patches currently available in the UK are usually designed to work for about a week before they need to be changed. You usually wear three patches for three weeks and then take a week off. Longer-lasting forms of the patch are being developed that could provide protection for up to six months. Options such as the contraceptive implant, IUDs and coils can already provide longer term protection, but some women feel uncomfortable about having them inside their body.

Wearing the Contraceptive Patch

The contraceptive patch can be a convenient and effective option, but many women have questions about what it’s actually like to use one. Here are the important points that you need to know if you’re considering the patch:

  • Contraceptive patches are beige
    coloured patches that usually measure about 5cm by 5cm. It sticks to your skin
    a bit like a plaster or nicotine patch. Although it is quite discreet, the
    patch will still be visible.
  • You can wear the patch on any
    part of the body other than the breasts, but it will stick best if there isn’t
    much hair. Avoid areas where the skin is irritated or your clothes may rub and
    try to change the location each week to reduce the chances of irritation.
  • You can take a bath or shower,
    go swimming, and even use hot tubs and saunas while wearing the patch. It’s
    best not to apply any creams, moisturisers or lotions over the patch as it
    could make it more likely to fall off.
  • If you do lose a patch then you
    should replace it immediately with a new one. You’ll need to use another form
    of contraception for a week if the patch was off for more than 48 hours.
  • You have to remember to change
    the patch once a week to stay protected.
  • You will have a withdrawal
    bleed during your patch free week. It isn’t a true period because you didn’t
    ovulate and for most women it will be lighter than their usual period.
  • The patch can be more than 99%
    effective at preventing pregnancy when used perfectly but is around 91%
    effective with typical use.

with other forms of hormonal contraception, the patch isn’t suitable for
everyone and can cause side effects.

How Will The Pill Affect Your Period?

Hormonal contraceptives such as birth control pills work by changing your usual menstrual cycle. The contraceptives contain synthetic versions of the female hormones that control the cycle. By maintaining the right levels of these hormones, they can prevent ovulation from happening so that there is no mature egg available to be fertilised. The hormones will also affect the womb lining, so it won’t go through the same cycle of thickening and then being shed during your period. However, you may still experience period-like bleeding when you are using birth control pills or other forms of hormonal contraception.

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What is the Contraceptive Patch?



The contraceptive patch is a sticky patch about 5 cm across that you attach to your skin. It looks a bit like the nicotine patches people use to help them stop smoking, and like the nicotine patch it delivers something through your skin. The contraceptive patch delivers the same kind of hormones as you would get from the contraceptive pill. These hormones prevent you from releasing an egg, which should stop you getting pregnant. The patch is more than 99% effective when it is being used properly. Continue reading What is the Contraceptive Patch?

Changing Contraception After An Accidental Pregnancy

An unintended pregnancy can make you think again about contraception, particularly if it happened because you weren’t using contraception every time, your condom failed or you forgot to take your pill. If you aren’t sure you are using contraception as effectively as you could be, you might want to ask for contraception advice when you visit the private abortion clinic in London. Continue reading Changing Contraception After An Accidental Pregnancy