Words of Warning About the Birth Control Patch
The birth control patch makes using birth control easy and convenient for women; it is applied once per week rather than taken every day, and offers the same low failure rate as the pill.
This doesn’t mean the birth control patch is without its own risks of side effects. It is not meant to be taken by women over 35, those who are severely overweight or obese, or those who smoke, as these groups are at high risk for stroke and embolism due to the hormones in the patch. The patch is also not to be used by those who have a history of certain cancers, chest pain, severe high blood pressure, or diabetes. These conditions too put them at a higher risk for side effects and health concerns when suing the patch.
Side effects to the birth control patch may include blood clots, certain cancers, heart attacks or stroke, gallbladder disease, and benign but dangerous liver tumors.
The patch offers no protection against HIV or sexually transmitted diseases; it is always recommended that you use a condom to protect yourself during sex even when using the patch. Many women also find it recommended to use a backup method of birth control in order to lower their risk of unexpected pregnancy even more.
It’s also important to tell your doctor if you are taking any other medications including oral contraceptives, if you’re recovering from any surgeries including a recent abortion, or have irregular menstrual cycles or vaginal bleeding. Your doctor can also give you all the information you need about the patch to decide if it’s the right choice for birth control for you.