THE CONTRACEPTIVE PATCH
WHEN and HOW?
The contraceptive patch is applied once a week, for 3 weeks in a row and then left off for the 4th week. The contraceptive patch has an efficacy of 93% with typical use.
How to use the contraceptive patch?
- Peel off the back and apply the patch directly to your skin on your lower abdomen, buttocks, upper arm or back.
- Leave the patch in place for a week and then replace with a new one.
- You put on a new patch and take off the old patch once a week for 3 weeks, 21 total days.
- Each 4th week you go without a patch at all.
Your menstrual period should start during this patch-free week. Then you repeat the same process again. If the patch comes loose or falls off, have a look into the Patient Information Booklet provided with the patch pack. In case of doubt, ask your healthcare provider.