Is the Birth Control Patch Safe and Effective?

If you are looking for a birth control solution, one option your gynecologist may discuss with you is the birth control patch. The patch works similarly to the birth control pill, but without the need to remember to take it the same time each day.

The patch is an extremely effective method of birth control. Because you apply a patch to your skin and leave it in place for three weeks, it removes most of the risk of using it incorrectly or forgetting to take a pill. Approximately one out of 100 women will become pregnant each year if they use the patch exactly as directed. That number rises to nine in 100 when the patch is not used correctly. It is safe for most women, but it is not ideal for women with migraines with aura, heart valve problems, lupus, or who smoke. Your gynecologist will help you evaluate all of your options for birth control so you can make the best choice for you.

Washington Surgi-Clinic offers comprehensive women’s health services, including gynecological checkups, birth control consultations, and STD testing in Washington, D.C. Call (202) 659-9403 to make an appointment with a provider.