How does the contraceptive patch work?
The contraceptive patch contains two different artificial hormones. This concerns the so-called estrogen and progestin. These hormones are absorbed into the blood via the patch. In practice, the hormones ensure that ovulation can no longer take place. In addition, it also prevents the man's sperm cells from penetrating through the mucus of the cervix. Finally, this also prevents the fertilized egg from implanting in the mucous membrane lining of the uterus. If the contraceptive patch is used correctly, it is virtually no longer possible to become pregnant.
How exactly to use the contraceptive patch?
To ensure that you are well protected against pregnancy, it is important to use the patch correctly. From week one to week three, it is necessary to stick a new patch directly on the skin once a week. So you do this for three weeks in a row and preferably always at the same time. During the fourth week you do not need to apply a plaster. During this week you will also get your period and your period. After seven days you will have to apply a new patch three weeks in a row.
Where exactly should you stick the contraceptive patch?
The contraceptive patch can be stuck in different places on your body. You must choose a hairless spot. This could be, for example, the lower abdomen, but also one of the buttocks, the back, the shoulder blades as well as the upper arm or upper body. The patch should not be stuck to your breasts. Moreover, it should not be applied to red or irritated skin. Also do not place them on a cut.
It is strongly recommended to stick the patch in a different place every week. This way you ensure that you can reduce the risk of skin irritation. In addition, you should also stick the patch in a different place if a rash develops. Do not use oil or, for example, lotion in the immediate vicinity of the patch. This can cause her to become loose.
Control your period yourself with the contraceptive patch
Would you like to delay your period? Then you will have to apply a new patch immediately at the beginning of week 4. This ensures that the stop week is skipped, so there will be no real menstrual bleeding. It is possible that you will be confronted with light bleeding or so-called breakthrough bleeding during this period. Please note that it is strongly discouraged to wear more than six patches in a row. If you have worn patches for six consecutive weeks, you may no longer wear a patch in week 7. This is an important point to take into account.
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