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Dawn Stacey M.Ed, LMHC

The Ortho Evra Patch... Misunderstood???

By February 18, 2013

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The Ortho Evra Contraceptive Patch is the onlyweekly prescription method of birth control. Yep, that's right, the patch only needs to be changed once a week... not to mention it's discreet and totally reversible.

Unfortunately, due to the patch's black box warning, it has gotten some bad publicity over the years. Many lawyers are adding to the misconception that the patch is not safe and are trying to prey upon people's insecurities about this birth control method. The latest position of the FDA is that the agency stands behind the black box warning -- that using the patch likely increases the risk blood clots as compared to standard combination pills (because women are exposed to more estrogen). However, what the lawyers and press are not telling you is that ALL combination hormonal contraception may pose some sort of blood clot risk. And, know that even though blood clot risk may be higher in women who use the patch, the OVERALL RISK is still relatively low.

What this means? If you are considering the super convenient and highly effective Ortho Evra Patch, don't let all the media hub-bub influence your decision. Talk to your doctor to see if you would be a good candidate for the patch. Who knows... it may be just the method you've been looking for!

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