Where should I put the contraceptive patch?

The patch sticks directly onto your skin. You can put it on most areas of your body. To stick well, it needs to be on skin that’s clean, dry and not very hairy. And you should avoid areas where it will be rubbed by clothes, like under a bra strap, as this can remove the patch.

You should not put the patch on your breasts. You should also avoid any areas that are sore or irritated. 

We recommend sticking your patch anywhere on your bottom, outside of the upper arm, stomach or upper body, except your breasts.

It’s a good idea to change the location of each new patch. This can reduce the chance of irritating your skin.

Written by Helen Burkitt. Senior Sexual Health and Contraception Nurse
Reviewed by Dr Paula Baraitser. Medical Director, SH:24
Last updated at: 02 February 2024
Published on: 12 August 2022