Contraceptive patch: the advantages and disadvantages of this method of contraception
The contraceptive patch is a hormonal contraceptive that must be stuck to the skin every week for 3 weeks. The fourth week, do not put patch and bleeding will then appear, as with the pill. The contraceptive patch continuously diffuses two hormones, a progestogen and an oestroprogestant into the blood, and will both block ovulation and prevent implantation. It should be placed on the stomach, lower back or shoulders, taking care not to stick close to the breasts. It is 99.7% effective when properly used, ie applied correctly and at the recommended interval. It can happen that it comes off, so it is important to put a new one within 24 hours to avoid risking pregnancy. Beyond this time, it is imperative to use another means of contraception.
Contraceptive patch: what are the benefits?
Women who use the contraceptive patch are generally satisfied, especially those who have a tendency to forget their pill and find here a way to protect themselves (almost!) Without thinking! Among the many advantages of this method of contraception are:
- There is less risk of forgetting since it should only be applied once a week and not every day as a traditional pill.
- This is an effective method of contraception.
- Women appreciate his discretion. Depending on where it is placed, it is almost undetectable. Even in summer, period of longshoremen and low-cut dresses, it is enough to stick it in the lower back and the turn is played.
- It would have a positive effect on acne.
- Pains related to the menstrual cycle are diminished.
- Even if it is "false rules", the patch will regularize bleeding. A real relief for women who have irregular cycles.
Contraception: the disadvantages of the contraceptive patch
Like all contraceptives, the contraceptive patch also has a number of disadvantages that should be known. While some side effects are unique to each woman, it is important to take into account
- The contraceptive patch is contraindicated for women in whom the combination pill is contraindicated. That is, those with a history of venous thrombosis or hypertension, liver problems, diabetes, etc.
- The side effects are similar to those caused by the pill. Some women may suffer from migraines, anarchic bleeding between periods, nausea, breast pain.
- Unlike the pill or IUD, the contraceptive patch is not reimbursed by social security, it costs about 15 euros per month.
- Even if it is discreet, the patch is still visible on the skin, which may be a brake for women.
- Incorrectly positioned, the patch can come off, sometimes without the carrier to report. We must therefore redouble our vigilance.
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