The Patch

the-patch2The patch is a hormonal birth control method used to effectively prevent pregnancy. The hormones prevent ovulation – the process when the ovaries release an egg – and thicken cervical mucus.

How is it used?

The patch sticks to you like a band aid.  It’s placed on the skin on a hidden part of the body, like the stomach, back, butt etc. The patch stays on for one week (7 days.) After one week the patch is replaced with a new patch. There are three patches in a pack for three weeks; the patch is removed for the fourth week during your period.

How well does it work?

With typical use the patch is 92% effective. If used correctly, consistently and all of the time, the patch can be up to 99.7% effective. The patch does not prevent against any STIs!

Where can someone get it?

It requires a prescription from a medical provider. It’s important to visit with a medical provider to ensure the patch is right for you.


If you are thinking about starting the patch or another birth control method, it’s important to visit with a doctor or come to Teen Clinic. Ask us an anonymous question online or call us to make an appointment for a personalized consult on choosing a birth control method.