Birth Control Patches
This is another
birth control method for preventing unwanted pregnancy and mostly used by women
who can not remember to take birth control pills on time but yes, they could remember
to replace birth control patches weekly. This contraceptive patch looks very similar
to square band-aid of skin color. It is normally worn on lower abdomen, buttocks,
upper arms or upper torso.
How birth control patches work?
they function in the same manner like birth control pills. Birth control patches
slowly release hormones progestin and estrogen into the bloodstream to prevent
ovulation (release of an egg from the ovary) and thicken the cervical mucus that
creates the barrier to prevent sperm from entering the uterus. Birth control patches
are also very effective in preventing pregnancy for upto 99% except for women
who weigh 198 pounds or more, where it would be 92% effective. So, while using
birth control patches, it is important to take note of body weight. The patch
does not protect against sexually transmitted diseases or even HIV/AIDS
to use birth control patches?
It is effective in the next cycle. Start
using the contraceptive patch within five days of the first day of period or after
a first trimester abortion. If it is used on the first day of menstrual period
or on the day of abortion, it will be very effective. Most women use patch on
the first Sunday after their period begins, however, start date for using birth
control patch is not important as long as you are not pregnant.
patch per week for consecutively three weeks. On the fourth week, stop to worn
and your menstrual period should start. Seven days after the removal of patch
(while you had menstrual period), a new patch can be used for next month birth
control. A gap of one week without patch is important to help period occur. The
patch should not be used continuously and it should be stopped for one week when
period starts. When it comes to dispose off, remove it gently, fold it to half
where the sticky part is and throw into dry garbage. Don't throw in the toilet
as it will save left-over hormones being released into environment again. Use
some mineral oil to remove any sticky spot on your skin.
of using birth control patches
Due to continuous usage of patches, hormones
change in the women's bodies and they may experience some minor side effects.
These side effects could be
- skin irritation where the patch is applied
- acne problems, brown spots
- increase in blood pressure or fluid retention.
- mild stomach upset
- increased appetite and sensitivity
- mood changes
- weight gains
side effects will disappear once the body becomes accustomed of birth control
However, if patients experience symptoms like severe abdominal
pains, severe chest pains, short breathing, severe headache, blurred vision or
severe leg & arm pains then please take the immediate medical attention.
may also read "how
to use birth control patch effectively" for
better understanding with the birth control product.