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Where to place your contraceptive patches

July 26, 2018

 

One of the most common questions we get from women who want to use or consider using the OrthoEva contraceptive patch is Where to put your patch?

 

1.Do not place the patch on your breasts.

2. Contraceptive patches may be safer with respect to your liver function,, for instance blood clotting factors are less likely to go up with a patch than with oral contraceptive pills. This is not affected by where you place your patch.

3. . When you take a patch off, you need to place one the same day, just not on the same spot.

4. There probably is no research that tells us what the blood level of hormone is going to be based on where the patch is placed. . For most medicated patch wearers (contraceptive patches included) there may not be a lot of difference between an abdomen, or thigh or arm (other than how much stickiness it has), or a lot of differences that will make changes to the effectiveness or to the numbers of your side effects. The least absorption is usually the abdomen, relative to the place like the buttock. This probably has to do with the amount of fat, the way the patch lays, all sorts of variables.

5. Detachment of the patches occurs about 5% of the time, and doesn't seem to relate to where it is placed.

6. You can move a patch and generally it will still stick well.

7. If you have not skipped more than 2 days of patch, you probably are still protected against pregnancy, if  you find it has come off and you weren't sure when.

8. Try to find a spot that doesn't regularly rub on your bathing suit, yoga pants waist band, or that you rub against, such as with piercings or jewlery.

9. One thing researchers also point out, when it comes to knowing exactly which spot would be best: The intra-subject steroid level variability is very high.Your levels may be different than another patch user's contraceptive hormone's levels.  So if you have questions, ask your gyno!

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