Birth control patch

What is a Birth Control Patch?

This is a form of hormonal birth control that is worn on the skin and releases a combination of estrogen and progestin hormones. The birth control patch is typically worn on the lower abdomen, buttocks, or upper body, and is replaced once a week for three weeks, followed by a week without a patch to allow for a menstrual period. The patch works by preventing ovulation and thickening cervical mucus to prevent sperm from reaching an egg.

Examples of birth control patches include Xulane and Ortho Evra. The patch is a convenient and effective form of birth control, but may cause side effects such as skin irritation or headaches.

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