Evra patch

Contraceptive patch

Delivery included

Ethinylestradiol / Norelestromin

A small sticky patch that you stick to your skin and change each week

Can make periods more regular, lighter and less painful

Select the amount of contraception you need
Recommended if you have not used this method before.

We’ll ask you some questions about your health, family history and any contraception you use. Our prescribers review your answers before prescribing.

When you order we'll ask you for a recent blood pressure reading.

What happens next

Order online

We’ll ask you questions about your health, family history and current contraceptive use. Our prescribers will review your answers before prescribing.

Free discreet delivery

Delivery is included. Your order will be delivered in plain packaging by 1st Class post. We'll send you updates and a tracking code by text message.

Clinical support by text

Get support from our specialist clinicians at any time. Reply to one of our texts to ask a question. We’re here to help.

Reminder alarm clock

Top up reminders

We make it easy to reorder. A few weeks before you are due to run out, we'll send you a text message reminder.

About Evra patch

How the patch works

The contraceptive patch is a small patch that sticks to your skin. It releases the hormones oestrogen and progestogen. These thicken the mucus in the neck of the womb, so it’s harder for sperm to reach an egg. Hormones also thin the womb lining, making it harder for a fertilised egg to implant. In some people, the patch will stop the ovaries from releasing an egg (ovulation).

Start using Evra patch within the first 5 days of your period for immediate protection from pregnancy.

How to use the contraceptive patch

Stick one patch onto clean skin each week. Keep it on for 7 days, then change your patch every week for 3 weeks. You can have a patch-free week if you want to have a ‘withdrawal bleed’ (like a period).

Stick your patch anywhere on your bottom, outside of the upper arm, abdomen or upper body (not on the breasts), as long as it’s not hairy or irritated skin. Make sure it’s not in a place where your clothes could rub it off. You can keep your Evra patch on in the bath or swimming pool.

Side effects of Evra patch

Some women notice breast tenderness, mood changes and headaches in the first few months after starting Evra patch. These symptoms should ease as your body gets used to the hormones. In very rare cases, some women develop a blood clot when using the patch. We’ll assess your risk of blood clots (thrombosis) when you order.

The contraceptive patch, like the combined pill, may not be suitable if you smoke and are over 35, or if your BMI is over 35.

Why choose Evra patch

Evra patch is easy to use and can make periods more regular, lighter and less painful. It can help with premenstrual symptoms. When you stop using the contraceptive patch your fertility should return to normal within a few weeks. 

You can miss the patch-free week if you prefer not to have monthly bleeding. You may still have some bleeding or spotting. It's safe to use patches back-to-back but you need to remember to change your patch every week.

Written by Antigoni Kaliviotis. Nurse Prescriber
Reviewed by Dr Paula Baraitser. Medical Director, SH:24

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