The contraceptive patch contains the same hormones as the contraceptive pill. The patch is worn for 1 week and then changed on the same weekday it was put on. Three patches are used consecutively whereafter there is a break of one week without using the patch. In the week without the patch there is normally menstruation. Hereafter you begin another 3 weeks treatment before next break.
How do they work?
The contraceptive implant prevents ovulation.
The vaginal ring and the contraceptive patch work in the same way as contraceptive pills – which means that they prevent ovulation and sperm from entering the uterus.
The contraceptive implant has the highest degree of safety (100%) of all methods.
The vaginal ring and the contraceptive patch are just as safe as regular contraceptive pills, meaning that the method is very safe.
- The contraceptive implants frequently cause irregular bleedings and on in every four women wants it removed for that reason. Weight increase is also a problem by using a contraceptive implant.
- The vaginal ring has the same disadvantages as the contraceptive pill.
- The contraceptive patch has the same disadvantages as the contraceptive pill. Furthermore, the patch may cause a light irritation of the skin.
- None of the methods protect against sexually transmitted diseases.
- Easy to remember