The patch looks like a square Band-aid and contains hormones that prevent women from releasing an egg. Each patch is worn for one week and then replaced with a new one. You use three patches each month and the last week of the month, you leave the patch off. This is when you will have a period. It is 91% effective.


  • Easy to use
  • Only have to think about it once a week
  • Can make periods very predictable, lighter and less crampy
  • Could improve acne
  • No exam is needed


  • Friends and family might see the patch
  • You must remember to change the patch and when to leave it off
  • Could cause nausea and make your breasts sore for the first one or two months
  • Requires a prescription
  • Some may have an irritation from the glue on the patch