What is the patch?

The patch is a hormonal birth control method that is applied directly to the skin.  It contains both progestin and estrogen and works similarly to the pill.

Who uses the patch?

People who don’t want to take a pill every day, but don’t mind changing a patch once a week.

How do I use the patch?

The patch is placed on the skin and delivers hormones directly through the skin into the blood.  A new patch is applied on the same day of the week for three weeks in a row and then there is one week without the patch to allow for a period.

Where do I get the patch?

You can get the patch at your local family planning clinic.

How effective is the patch?

The patch is 99% effective when used correctly.

Does the patch protect against STDs?

The patch does not protect against STDs. If you want protection against STDs, you should use a condom with this birth control method.

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