Contraceptive patch

The world’s first birth control patch offering an effective, weekly contraceptive option for women, is now available on prescription in the UK.
The patch is 99 per cent effective in preventing pregnancy and in clinical trials has demonstrated significantly higher rates of perfect compliance (88.7 per cent) compared to oral contraceptives (79.2 per cent).
Evra is a thin, beige patch measuring 20cm2 that delivers continuous levels of the hormones norelgestromin and ethinyl estradiol (progestogen and oestrogen, respectively) through the skin into the bloodstream over seven days of wear.
Each patch is worn for one week and should be replaced on the same day of the week (the Patch Change Day) for three consecutive weeks. The fourth week is ‘patch-free’. Women can wear the contraceptive patch discreetly on one of four areas of the body: the buttocks, abdomen, upper torso (front and back, excluding the breasts), or upper outer arm.
Welcoming this new contraceptive option for women, women’s health specialist Dr Annie Evans says: ‘Compliance issues can be a major factor in terms of contraceptive efficacy. This exciting new once-weekly patch allows healthcare professionals to offer women another choice in contraception that may fit better with their busy lifestyles. The once-weekly regimen means that many women may find it easier to comply effectively with the patch, than with once-daily options such as the combined pill.’