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A Tough Pill To Swallow: Switching To The Birth Control Patch

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By Mia Bolaris-Forget

So, you’re concerned about remembering to take your pill and winding up with an “insta”, “unplanned” family. And, you’ve been considering using the patch in it’s place, since it’s pretty much a birth control “no-brainer”.

Most patches can be worn “inconspicuously” on your arm, stomach, or buttocks and work similarly to the pill when it comes to preventing ovulation and protecting against pregnancy. Generally a month’s supply consists of three patches, one for each week, with the exception of the week your menstruation is due, in which you skip a week.

Besides taking the pressure off taking the pill at the same time each day, the patch is also highly recommended for ladies with liver issues or hepatitis, since the estrogen gets absorbed directly into your bloodstream, not your liver, as with oral contraception.

Additionally, if you’re already on the pill, the patch takes effect immediately. However, if not, experts suggest backup protection such as condoms, for (at least) the first month, until your body has stopped ovulating.

And, you should note that if you are a smoker over the age of 35, its likely your doctor won’t issue you the new patch.

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