The Patch

What is the Patch?

The contraceptive patch (Ortho Evra) is a very thin, beige, smooth patch with adhesive on one side that measure 1 3/4 inches on all four sides. It is a highly effective, weekly hormonal birth control patch that is worn on the skin to prevent pregnancy. The patch combines the efficacy of the pill with once-a-week dosing.

How Does the Patch Work?

  • By suppressing ovulation
  • Thickening cervical mucus
  • Thinning the uterine lining

How Effective is the Patch?

Perfect use failure rate in first year: 1%
Typical use failure rate in first year: 5-8%

Disadvantages of the Patch

  • Does not protect against STIs
  • Should not be used if breastfeeding
  • May have side effects

Advantages of the Patch

  • Easy to use, don’t have to remember daily
  • Very effective in preventing pregnancy
  • More regular, lighter periods