The Patch

No, not the quit smoking patch, the birth control patch! It just looks like a big square band aid, but it has hormones that are released into your body when you’re wearing it. You can put it on you upper arms, back, tummy, or butt. You wear one patch for 7 days straight. One patch is worn per week, for 3 weeks in a row. During the 4th week your period happens and you don’t wear a patch at all during this week. Then it’s time to start the process all over again. When used the right way, it can be 99% effective, and 92% effective for ladies over 198 pounds.

Super important detail: You have to check to make sure the patch actually stays on! This does not protect against sexy germs (STIs).

Sometimes the patch can irritate your skin, and there may be some breakthrough bleeding (spotting) at first. This can be an option for people who may have a hard time remembering to take a pill every day.

Check out more info at:

http://kidshealth.org/teen/sexual_health/contraception/contraception_patch.html