The patch is a safe, simple, and convenient way to prevent pregnancy. It also has other benefits, like reducing acne, making your periods regular, and easing menstrual cramps.

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The patch is effective (when used correctly).

If you follow the instructions and use the birth control patch the right way, it gives you great protection against pregnancy.

Change your patch on time every week. Make sure you’re wearing it when you’re supposed to. That’s it.

You can also use condoms with the birth control patch to get maximum pregnancy protection. Bonus: condoms also protect you against STDs.

The patch is convenient.

The patch is great for people who don’t want to deal with taking a pill every day, or who don’t want to use birth control that interrupts sex. You only have to think about your patch once a week. And lots of people like the patch because it makes their periods lighter, less crampy, and easier to predict.

The patch is birth control you don’t have to use during sex, so it won’t interfere with the action. If you use the patch correctly, you’re protected from pregnancy all day, every day. Many people say the patch makes their sex lives better because they can get caught up in the heat of the moment without worrying about pregnancy.

You need a prescription from a nurse or doctor to get the birth control patch. But you may be able to pick up several months’ worth of patches at once or have them mailed to you, so you’ll always have them when you need them.

Using the birth control patch is easy, but remembering to change it on time can be hard. Check out these tips to help you stay on schedule.

The patch has health benefits.

Birth control patch side effects aren’t always a bad thing, and it’s not just for birth control. The patch has many perks besides pregnancy prevention.

The hormones in the patch make your periods more regular. They can also ease menstrual cramps, lighten bleeding, and help protect you against pelvic inflammatory disease.

The patch can also help reduce or help prevent:

  • acne

  • bone thinning

  • cysts in your breasts and ovaries

  • ectopic pregnancy

  • endometrial and ovarian cancers

  • serious infections in your ovaries, fallopian tubes, and uterus

  • iron deficiency (anemia)

  • PMS (premenstrual syndrome)

You can get pregnant right away when you stop using the patch.

Many people who use the patch want to have kids when the time is right. One of the great things about the birth control patch is you can get pregnant soon after you stop using it.

After you stop using the patch, it usually takes 1 or 2 months for your periods to return to the cycle you had before you started using it. Once in a while, people have irregular periods or no periods at all, which can last for up to 6 months. This is more likely if your periods were already irregular before you started the patch.

Whether or not you get your period, if you stop using the patch, pregnancy is possible. So if you go off the patch but still want to prevent pregnancy, make sure to start using another birth control method right away.

The Patch

  • 91% effective

  • Costs up to $80, but can be $0

  • Prescription required

  • Change it once a week

The patch doesn’t protect you from STDs. Use a condom with your patch to help stop pregnancy and STDs.
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