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Patch (EVRA)

A small 5cmx5cm, thin, beige coloured patch stuck on the skin releases 2 hormones – oestrogen and progestogen.

It stops ovulation, thickens cervical mucus, and thins the lining of the uterus.

99% effective if used correctly



  • You don’t have to think about it every day (only once a week)
  • No link to weight gain
  • Usually makes bleeding regular, lighter, and less painful
  • Fertility returns immediately once it is stopped, with no long-term effects
  • Suitable until age 50 for non-smokers with no health concerns
  • Can reduce the risk of some cancers
  • You can choose not to have a monthly bleed


  • Not suitable if you are a smoker aged over 35, overweight or have certain medical conditions
  • Small risk of serious side effects including blood clots or breast or cervical cancer
  • May experience temporary side effects including headaches, nausea, breast tenderness or mood changes
  • No protection against STI’s
  • Possible skin irritation
  • It can be seen


  • Not affected by diarrhoea and vomiting, as not absorbed by the tummy
  • Need to be aware of missed patch guidance and how to access emergency contraception if necessary
  • Some medicines may reduce the effectiveness of the patch
  • Break through bleeding and spotting is common at first

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