The contraceptive patch is a small, thin coloured patch that once stuck on your skin releases two hormones – oestrogen and progestogen.
If used correctly the contraceptive patch can be over 99% effect. If not used correctly, the risk of unplanned pregnancy increases to 8 in 100 women falling pregnant over the space of a year.
You don’t have to remember to take it every day as the patch is changed once a week.
It does not interrupt sex.
It will usually make your periods more regular, lighter and less painful.
For some women the patch can cause skin irritation
It can be seen on the body.
The contraceptive patch relies on the user remembering to change it.