The Contraceptive PatchFreyja
February 27, 2023
What is it?
The patch is a small patch that sticks on your skin, releasing hormones into your body. This in turn prevents pregnancy.
How does it work?
You place the patch on your skin and wear it for seven days. The patch can be placed on most areas of your body that are clean, dry, and not too hairy. Never put the patch on sore/irritated skin, any area that may get rubbed, or your breasts. After that, you remove the patch and replace it with a new one. You should do this for three weeks and then take a one-week break. If you start using the patch on the first day of your period, and up to and including the fifth day of your period, you'll be protected from pregnancy straight away. If the patch is placed on any other day then you should still be using condoms for the first seven days.
If you've forgotten to take the patch off then you need to remove it before it goes over two days, and place a new one on, and keep to your usual changing day. If you've exceeded t48 hours place a new patch on ASAP and use additional forms of contraception.
What happens if it comes off?
The patch is quite sticky, so it shouldn't fall off. Nevertheless, if the patch does fall off for less than 48 hours you should put a new patch on and change it on your normal day. But, if it's been off for more than 48 hours you should put a new patch on, change it on your normal day, and in your third week start a new patch cycle and miss your usual patch-free week. If you're worried you might be pregnant you may need emergency contraception.
Pros and cons of using the patch:
The great thing about the patch is that it is easy to use and it still works if you've been sick or have diarrhea. In addition, the patch can make your periods more regular and relieve some premenstrual symptoms. However, the patch is visible and can cause some skin irritation. It does not protect you against STDs and can cause some mood swings + irregular bleeding. You should not use the patch if you've previously had blood clots. Speak with your doctor or a health professional about any pros, cons, and side effects regarding the patch.
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