Birth control is important for sexually active women who are not ready to have a child. Financial situations, career limitations, preparedness for a new arrival, the reasons could be many but the precautions women can take are limited. While permanent sterilization can be done by a doctor, not all women are keen on such an irreversible procedure. They often look for other effective options which are pocket-friendly too. If you are on the lookout for a safe and versatile birth control option, we explain everything about a birth control patch.
There are temporary solutions that give a woman the freedom to use birth control as and when she pleases. Just like men have the option of condoms, women can try out different options such as contraceptive pills. These contraceptive pills can cause side effects and may not suit every woman. In such situations, women can opt for the birth control patch, which is also known as a transdermal or a contraceptive patch. The patch is a small square patch of 4 ½ cm, which goes on the skin of the woman. The best part is that you can use it whenever you want, and it can be a very handy form of avoiding pregnancy.
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Just like a contraceptive pill, the birth control patch will release hormones to stop the ovaries from releasing the egg. When stuck on the skin, the patch releases progesterone and estrogen, through the skin into the bloodstream. These hormones prevent ovulation. As the egg does release, pregnancy does not occur.
The hormones also cause the mucus produced in the cervix to thicken. This makes it difficult for sperm to enter. Even if an egg is released, the mucus makes it difficult for the sperm to reach the egg, thus effectively preventing pregnancy. The patch can also affect the uterus lining and prevent the fertilized egg from attaching itself to the uterus. This will prevent a successful pregnancy.
The best part about the birth control patch is that it is simple, discreet, and very effective as well. We explain the steps involved in using the birth control patch
While using a birth control patch is simple, you must take a few precautions to ensure that the patch works effectively to help you avoid pregnancy. We list the steps you must take when using a birth control patch.
With these steps, you can ensure that you get the maximum mileage from your birth control patch in terms of preventing pregnancy.
Studies show that these birth control patches are as effective as the contraceptive pills – which are 99% effective. But remember, the patch can be less effective for women who are overweight. Since the patch works by releasing hormones into the bloodstream, being overweight might affect the ratio.
Though the patch is waterproof and can be worn without a worry during a shower or a bath, and workouts, it can fall off if exposed to water for a very long time. This means regular swimmers and women who are required to be in the water for a long time (aqua therapists, surfers, divers, etc.) might have to use extra or alternate forms of birth control. Some medications can also interfere with the patch. Let your doctor know about all your medications when they prescribe a birth control patch.
Overall, the risk of an unwanted pregnancy while using a patch is similar to that of a condom or contraceptive pill. So, you need to be cautious and watch out for pregnancy symptoms even if you are on the patch.
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They have their own set of advantages when compared to other forms of birth control. We list the positives of a patch over other contraception forms.
A patch has its own set of disadvantages and side effects just like other forms of birth control. The side effects a woman can expect when on a patch are
These patches are not for everybody. They are not a suitable type of contraceptive for you if you meet one or more of the following conditions
In the above-listed situations, you may need to stay away from patches as a form of conception. Alternatively, you can consult a doctor and take their advice on whether the patch will be safe for you.
Using a patch for birth control is not 100% effective. Accidents do happen. There are times when it is important to consult your doctor if you want to avoid a pregnancy.
Some instances where you ought to meet your doctor as soon as possible are when you
All forms of birth control have their own set of advantages and disadvantages. However, they are definitely a better option than getting pregnant when you are not ready to. Though there are over-the-counter morning-after pills for emergencies, some states in India have banned them and doctors are not in favour of regular use of these pills. We hope this article has given you all the information you were looking for regarding the use of patches for avoiding pregnancy.
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Yes, it is. It is as safe as using a contraceptive pill. This is a non-invasive and effective way to prevent pregnancy.
Yes, you can. Once you discontinue the patch, hormones will settle down and ovulation will occur. One can get pregnant during this time.
Yes, you will need a prescription. Your doctor will check your blood pressure and family medical history. They will also take note of other medications you are taking, before prescribing a birth control patch.
No, it does not. However, it can delay your ovulation or pregnancy. The menstrual cycle might take a few months to return to normal.