Evra – the contraceptive patch (also known as the Oestrogen and Progestagen patch)
The Evra contraceptive patch is a simple and safe means of birth control. It is worn on the skin, usually around the belly, upper arm, back or buttocks.
The Evra contraceptive patch works by releasing the hormones oestrogen and progestogen. Like in their use for other forms of contraception, these hormones stop the ovaries from releasing the egg and they also make it harder for sperm to get through by making the cervical mucus thicker.
Anyone using the Evra contraceptive patch needs to fit a patch to their skin for one whole week, then take it off and replace it with a new one. The Evra contraceptive patch must be worn for 3 weeks straight. Users can then go for one week without the contraceptive patch before they repeat the cycle.
If a patient wishes to avoid getting their period they should keep wearing the Evra contraceptive patch during the ‘off’ week. However those using the Evra patch to skip their period may experience some bleeding or spotting for the first six months.
If used perfectly the Evra contraceptive patch is regarded as 99% effective. Due to human error however the real effectiveness rate is closer to 91%. The main issue is that some people do not put on their new patch at the right time every week. The patch is also a little less effective for people who are very overweight.
How do I make an appointment at Hazelhill Family Practice?
To book your Evra contraceptive patch appointment at Hazelhill Family Practice click here and fill in the appointment form.
You can also call the Hazelhill Family Practice on 094 9630091/ 094 9632170.