Evra is a transdermal contraceptive patch that has been proven to be almost 100% effective in preventing pregnancy. The synthetic hormones ethinylestradiol and norelgestromin are delivered through the skin into the blood mimicking the actions of the female hormones oestrogen and progesterone. As a contraceptive method that requires minimal effort, the patch will stay in place in most circumstances.
Before you order this contraceptive patch, we ask that you complete our free online consultation, this only take a few minutes and will allow one of our doctors to make sure that this contraceptive is suitable for you to buy. When ordered before 4pm, you can receive this contraceptive patch the next day, or same day for London postcodes.
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Evra is a convenient transdermal contraceptive patch that is almost 100% effective at preventing pregnancy and was introduced in the UK in 2002. Evra contains both artificial oestrogen and progestogen (norelgestromin and ethinylestradiol), and works in a very similar way to combined oral contraceptives (the pill) except that only one patch is required per week.
Also known as Ortho Evra, it releases a steady dose of hormones into your bloodstream through your skin, for the entire duration of your cycle. This is great if you're looking for low maintenance contraception, or have an issue with taking tablets. This means that there is less chance of you experiencing mood swings as your hormonal levels change during your cycle.
Evra's contraceptive hormones are released into the bloodstream through your skin, and once they are in your system, they work in the same way as regular combination contraceptives. Evra prevents ovulation from occurring, so that an egg doesn't get released when it's supposed to. This happens because the hormones in Evra patches, norelgestromin and ethinyl estradiol, make the body think that ovulation has already happened.
As an additional measure, Evra prevents sperm from entering the womb by changing the consistency of the cervical mucous, and it also doesn't allow the womb lining to thicken enough for an egg to grow there.
The three-part process can be summarised as follows:
As with any contraception, if you miss a patch, or keep a patch on for too long, effectiveness will decline. More information regarding this, and what you should do, is detailed below. The patch is also effective if you happen to vomit or have diarrhoea as, unlike, pills, it is absorbs straight into your skin
The Evra contraceptive patch provides women with a convenient alternative to the pill. All you have to do is use a patch every seven days to enjoy complete protection. Similarly to the pill, the Evra patch can provide the following benefits:
The patch is thin and beige in appearance at roughly 5cm x 5cm in size, working in the same way as a nicotine patch by releasing hormones into your bloodstream through the skin, rather than through indigestion.
Evra transdermal patches are used for three weeks (21 days) of your cycle, followed by a seven-day break period, during which you will still be completely protected. You should change your patch every seven days, so apply a new patch on day eight meaning there are three patches in every 1-month supply. If you start using the patches within the first 24 hours of your period, you should be fully protected, but if you take use the patch later than that you should wait seven days before having sex or use extra barrier contraceptive methods.
As mentioned, the patch will be of maximum effectiveness immediately if applied with the first to fifth day of your period. If not, use barrier protection or avoid sex for the next week.
There is not any research specific to the contraceptive patch if you've forgotten to take either patch one, two or three off or forgot to apply a new patch after the 7-day break, however we can look at the effects of the combined pill and the ring as they work in a very similar way.
If you don't use further protection, you will need to consider buying the morning-after pill. For further help on obtaining one of two emergency pills, head to our Morning After Pill page.
The contraceptive patch is a sticky blighter that should stay on come rain or shine. This includes washing, swimming, exercising and all those under this umbrella. However, here's what you can do if it comes off:
Less than 48 hours – Stick your patch back on as soon as possible if it is still sticky. If it's lost it's stickiness, throw away and apply a new patch. Don't try to salvage with a plaster or tape. Change your patch on the normal day.
More than 48 hours – You may not be protected against pregnancy during this period so you will need to use additional barrier protection such as condoms for seven days after. Still apply a new patch as soon as possible. This will alter your usual change dates.
There is just one dosage for Evra and this has been clinically tested so you're effectively protected against pregnancy whilst posing minimal risk on your health.Ortho Evra contains the active ingredients ethinyl estradiol and norelgestromin, synthetic oestrogen and progestogen respectively. The dosage levels are 203mcg for ethinyl estradiol and 34mcg for norelgestromin. We supply both 3-month and 6-month supplies at HealthExpress.
Some women experience side effects whilst taking the contraceptive patch. Like all contraception, side effects are rare and tend to be temporary, especially when starting a new medication. Some side effects that may be experienced when first using the treatment include:
Rare sides effects of the contraceptive patch include:
Contrary to popular belief, the patch will not make you gain weight. but you must ensure that the change in hormones do not affect eating habits negatively. If you do experience any of adverse symptoms, you should always seek further medical advice from your GP.
For most women the Evra patch is a safe contraceptive, however, there are some scenarios that make it unsuitable. These include if you are:
Other women who need to exercise caution with the contraceptive patch include if you have:
It is always advised to visit your GP before starting a new form of contraception and they can access the severity of your condition and make further recommendations.
If you think you could be pregnant, it is advised to stop using the contraceptive patch immediately. The patch is also not recommended if breastfeeding as it can reduce the amount of breast milk. Because of this, doctors seldom offer the contraceptive patch to new mums before the 6-month mark.
The only contraception that will protect against STIs is barrier methods such as condoms, which are 98% effective when used correctly. The contraceptive patch will protect against pregnancy, but not STIs.
Evra Patches are available online at HealthExpress in both a 3 month and 6 month supply. With every prescription medication in the UK, you are required to answer a few questions in your consultation just to make sure the medication is right for you. One of our registered ensure the patch is safe for you to buy and it can be dispatched for delivery within 24 hours.