The Patch

A small patch that looks like a plaster. Stuck on to the skin, it releases oestrogen and progesterone into the blood through the skin. You wear a patch for a week at a time with a week off after 3 weeks (you are protected against pregnancy during this week as well).


  • Easy to use – you just have to remember to change it once a week.
  • May protect against cancer of the womb and ovaries.


  • Does not protect against STIs.
  • The glue is very strong but they can fall off in rare circumstances.
  • Some people have an allergic reaction to the glue.
  • There may be an increased risk of cervical cancer, breast cancer and blood clots (thrombosis).

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