The contraceptive patch is an adhesive patch that contains the hormones estrogen and progestin. It prevents pregnancy by thinning the lining of the uterus and preventing the release of an egg. A new patch is worn for a one week period for 3 weeks in a row. The fourth week is patch-free to allow withdrawal bleeding.
When used consistently and correctly, less than one percent of women will become pregnant over the course of one year. With typical use, 8 out of 100 women will become pregnant over the course of one year.
The contraceptive patch does not protect against sexually transmitted infections. Use condoms to reduce the risk of STIs.
A prescription from your healthcare provider is needed. Prescriptions for the contraceptive patch are not available from UHS healthcare providers. However, prescriptions for the patch from non-UHS healthcare providers may be filled at the Forty Acres Pharmacy.