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Hormonal Methods
The Contraceptive Patch

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.

Healthy Sexuality

Healthy Sexuality Topics
Classes and Workshops
Get Free or Low-Cost Condoms
Safer Sex Ambassadors
Contraception for College Students Video Series
Men's Sexual Health
Off-Campus STI / HIV testing locations
Sexually Transmitted Infections
UHS STI Testing
UHS Sexual Assault Forensic Exams
AlcoholEdu and SAPU
Women's Health

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