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