Like a Band-Aid, the patch can be placed on your skin in several locations, such as your arm or abdomen. There it prevents pregnancy with a hormone that keeps your ovaries from releasing eggs. It must be replaced each week.
If you're the kind of person who would have trouble remembering to take a pill every day, the patch might be a good option. You only need to remember to do something once a week.
We don’t know for sure, but the patch may be less effective if you weigh more than 198 pounds. So take that into consideration.
If you feel comforted by getting your period every month—and not having random spotting in between—this could be a good choice for you.
If you’re over 35, smoking on the patch increases your risk of certain side effects.
You'll be able to get pregnant right after going off the patch. So don't take any chances. If you're not ready for a baby, protect yourself with another method.