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THE PATCH   The Patch is a small sticking plaster like contraceptive that you wear discreetly on your skin. The hormones oestrogen and progestogen are then transmitted into your blood stream from the patch. You have to change this every 7 days to ensure it is fresh and keeps working. The combination of hormones prevents an egg being released and thickens cervical mucus to help prevent sperm getting through. It is 99% effective if used properly.

Like the pill you will wear the patch continuously for 3 weeks and then have a 7 day break in which you will menstruate. As it contains the same hormones as the combined pill there are the same possible side effects and so if you cannot take this then the patch will not be suitable either.

The patch does not protect from STIs.
 

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