Contraceptive patch: Uses, benefits and side effects?

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Verified by Dr. Vaishali Sakpal Rane (MBBS, DGO Obstetrics and Gynaecology, DNB Obstetrics and Gynaecology)

A square-shaped plastic sticker that resembles a Band-Aid is a birth control patch. To avoid getting pregnant, it is administered to the skin on certain body areas. Estrogen and progesterone are two hormones that are present in each route in synthetic form. These hormones are released by the contraceptive patch when it is adhered to the skin, and the skin then absorbs them into the bloodstream. The hormones avoid getting pregnant. For the first several months after starting a medication, some persons have adverse effects. There is also a chance for uncommon but serious side effects like deep vein thrombosis, stroke, heart attack, pulmonary embolism, blood clots, gallbladder disease, and high blood pressure. 

These can include headaches, tender breasts, nausea, changes in the timing, heaviness, or frequency of periods, itchiness, dryness, swelling, or a rash in the area where the patch has been applied. Not all side effects, though, are bad. For improved outcomes, such as lighter or more regular periods and acne avoidance, some people particularly utilise hormonal contraception, such as the patch. Additionally, there is proof that the patch can aid in the prevention of anaemia and a number of malignancies, including ovarian, womb, and bowel cancer.

Contraceptive patch

Since hormonal birth control only works to prevent conception, it is impossible to use it to prevent STIs. Estrogen and progestin are both used by the birth control patch and combo tablets to prevent unintended pregnancies. However, the way the hormones are delivered varies. A simple, reliable, and safe method of hormonal birth control is the birth control patch. It can be easier for some individuals to use than a daily choice like the pill because it just has to be changed once a week.

For people who desire birth control that lasts for a number of years at a time, there are longer acting kinds of contraception available. Consult a healthcare provider to learn more if you believe the birth control patch or another method of contraception may be ideal for you.

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