The Evra patch is a hormone-releasing contraceptive patch that sticks to the skin. It is a small and discreet patch that prevents conception by releasing the synthetic hormones oestrogen and progestogen. One patch is applied each week (7 days) for three weeks in a row, followed by a week without the patch.
In a single transdermal patch, Evra contains 6mg norelgestromin and 600 micrograms ethinyl estradiol.
Evra contraceptive patches contain synthetic oestrogens and progesterone, similar to the hormones already made by your body, which are absorbed into the body through the skin -. These hormones work to prevent pregnancy.
The Evra patch acts similarly to the combined birth control pill, slowly releasing the required hormone dose for absorption (through the skin):
Evra is more than 99% effective at preventing pregnancy when used correctly, which means that less than 1 in 100 women who use tha patch will become pregnant. Common reasons contraceptive patches fail include replacing the patches too late and applying patches incorrectly.
Always follow your doctor's advice and read the package leaflet provided in the pack. The patch is recommended to be worn for seven consecutive days for three weeks, followed by a week without use. This is called a patch cycle.
Use one patch at a time for each week cycle:
This method of contraception can be started at any time during your cycle as long as you are not pregnant. However, the first patch may not work straight away depending on when you apply it. The first patch will be effective:
Patches can be applied to most parts of the body as long as the skin is clean, dry, and not too hairy such as the buttocks, abdomen, upper outer arm, or upper torso.
Where to apply the patch:
|upper outer arm|
You should also:
If you experience irritation when using the patch for the first time, you can change the placement the next time you use it.
It is possible for the patch to fall off the skin before the week is up, in which case you may not be as protected from pregnancy.
Use additional contraception, such as condoms, if you haven't worn the patch for 7 days straight. If you have had unprotected sex, you should consider the morning-after pill. For more information, check out our page about emergency contraception.
It is generally safe for most women to use the Evra patch - however, there are some circumstances in which it is not appropriate. Women with the following conditions may not be able to use the Evra patch:
You should not use the patch as emergency contraception. If you've had sex without contraception, or believe your method might've failed, other methods can be used instead, such as the morning-after pill or the IUD (intrauterine device)
As with most hormonal contraception forms, you may experience temporary side effects during the first few months of using the patch.
The most common side effects reported include:
There is an increased risk of blood clots with this form of contraception than others. Rarely, the patch may cause venous thrombosis, arterial thrombosis, heart attack, or stroke in a very small percentage of users. For a full description of side effects, please refer to the patient information leaflet. If you suspect any side effects, speak to your doctor.
Evra contraceptive patch weight gain is not common. Research into the hormones in the contraceptive patch has shown no connection between the patch and weight gain or weight loss. It is possible for your weight to fluctuate throughout your cycle as a result of fluid retention.
If you want the benefits of combined hormonal contraceptive methods without having to remember to take a pill each day, this product may be right for you. The patch has several other advantages, including:
Additionally, the contraceptive patch may help prevent conditions such as anaemia (iron deficiency), bone thinning, cysts in the ovaries and breasts, as well as some types of cancer.
Some GPs and most sexual health clinics in the UK offer the Evra patch, which is not available over-the-counter, but you can also order it online. Order your Evra patch at euroClinix without the hassle of making an appointment with your doctor. All you need is to fill out a brief online questionnaire about your health. Upon approval by our healthcare professionals, your Evra patches will be dispensed and dispatched with free delivery in the UK. We provide unbranded, discrete packaging for all deliveries, and our support and medical teams are always available to answer any questions.
Note: You must complete a short online consultation so that our doctor can ensure that the treatment is suitable for you. The above pricing should only be used as a reference. The final decision to issue this treatment lies with the prescribing doctor.
|Active ingredient(s)||Ethinylestradiol and Norelgestromin|
|Description||Evra patch offers an effective alternative for those looking for contraception. It is proven to be 99% effective|
|Exemption||Subject to medical prescription|
|Application||Offering protection against pregnancy for women over 18|
|Usage||Apply 1 patch every 7 days for 21 days followed by a 7 day break|
|Drug class||Combined patches|
|Alcohol consumption||No influence|
|When breastfeeding||Not recommended, ask your doctor for alternatives|
|When pregnant||Not recommended, ask your doctor for alternatives|
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