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Birth Control Patch - Overview
The birth control patch is a skin patch that is used to prevent pregnancy in women who elect to use a transdermal patch as a method of contraception. Women who wish to use a birth control patch can connect with a medical provider through Push Health who can prescribe the birth control patch if it is safe and appropriate to do so.
Birth Control Patch Brands and Effectiveness
The birth control patch is marketed under brands such as Xulane and Ortho Evra. The birth control patch is a type of birth control prescription that consists of a transdermal contraceptive patch that generally contains the hormones norgestimate and ethinyl estradiol. The combination contraceptives in the birth control patch are thought to work by suppressing gonadotropins, leading to changes in the endometrium and cervical mucus and blocking ovulation. In the case of Ortho Evra, hormone level plateaus are reached at 48 hours and steady states are reached within 2 weeks. Both hormones are extensively bound to serum proteins and have half lives of under 30 hours. Birth control patch hormone elimination occurs via the kidneys and the feces. People who prefer an oral contraceptive over a birth control patch tend to look at options such as Ortho Tri-Cyclen.
Birth Control Patch - Cost
The generic birth control patch is slightly expensive at approximately $40 per patch at a number of pharmacies. Insurance may cover some or all of the cost and birth control patch coupons may also be available online. Most birth control patches contact the skin over an area under 25 cm2. The birth control patch itself is designed as multiple layers - a backing layer which provides structural support, a middle layer which contains the hormones, and a release liner which is removed before application. The birth control patch is considered therapeutically equivalent whether it is applied to the upper torso, abdomen, buttocks or outer arm. Most birth control patches need to be stored at 25° C.
Can I Buy A Birth Control Patch Online?
The generic birth control patch and branded versions are prescription medications in the US. Because of this, one cannot simply buy a birth control patch online or walk into a pharmacy and get it over the counter. People who might need a birth control patch prescription can connect with a licensed medical provider through Push Health who can prescribe the birth control patch if safe and appropriate to do so.
Birth Control Patch - Side Effects
Side effects of the birth control patch include skin irritation, bloating, weight gain, headaches, irregular vaginal bleeding, nausea and vomiting. The birth control patch should not be used by women who smoke, have high blood pressure, cancer, blood clots, diabetes, liver disease, unexplained vaginal bleeding, or a history of heart attack or a stroke. The birth control patch should not be used by anyone with a hypersensitivity or allergy to the birth control patch or any of its ingredients. The birth control patch and alcohol should not be used together. Prior to using the birth control patch, questions and concerns about its use or side effects should be discussed with one's medical provider or pharmacist.
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Last updated June 15, 2021. Given the evolving nature of medicine and science, this information might not be accurate and should not be construed as medical advice or diagnosis / treatment recommendations. Please consult a licensed medical provider if you have additional questions.