What is it?
The contraceptive patch is a small, thin, beige coloured patch, nearly 5cm x 5cm in size. You stick it on your skin and it releases two hormones - oestrogen and progestogen.
Not everyone can use the combined patch so your doctor or nurse will need to ask you about your own and your family's medical history, any medicines you take (including herbal remedies) and whether you smoke.
You don't need a breast or vaginal examination before you can start the patch.
All our clinics stock patches and you will usually leave with a supply.
You can get the patch free of charge from your GP or any Sandyford clinic.
How effective is it?
Contraceptive use can either be perfect (always correct) or typical (more accurate, as it’s sometimes difficult to use contraception correctly every time).
With typical use of the combined patch, approximately 8 in 100 people become pregnant within the first year of use.
What makes it less effective?
Some medications including some herbal medicines can make your contraception less effective. Always tell your doctor, dentist or chemist if using the combined patch.
What are the advantages?
Are there any disadvantages?
Only condoms can provide protection against most infections.
To check if they provide your choice of contraception.
If you have any concerns or questions.