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Evra - Contraceptive patch
  • Applied weekly
  • Unaffected by stomach upset
  • Need yearly blood pressure and weight check

Evra Patch

An effective contraceptive patch worn on the skin and changed weekly. 99% effective in preventing pregnancy when used correctly.

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Evra - Contraceptive patch
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  • Applied weekly
  • Unaffected by stomach upset
  • Need yearly blood pressure and weight check

Generic or branded treatments?

Some treatments contain the same active ingredient but are sold under different names. If the active ingredient and the dosage are the same, the treatments will have the same effect and work in the same way. 

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Same active ingredient
Works in the same way
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About Evra Patch

  • How to use a contraceptive patch

    Use one patch at a time. Apply a patch to clean, dry, hairless skin. Keep the patch on for 7 days. Change the patch on the same day. After three weeks of continuous patch use, take a 7-day break from the patch.

    Evra can also be used in the following ways:  
    Extended use: 1 patch weekly for 9 weeks then no patch for the next 4 or 7 days.
    Continuous use: 1 patch weekly with no break.

    You can shower, sauna and exercise while wearing the patch. However, you should check that the patch has not fallen off after these activities. Do not use tape to keep the patch in place.

  • How does the Evra Patch work?

    The Evra Patch is a hormone-releasing patch which sticks to the skin. The patch is approximately 2 inches by 2 inches. It contains synthetic oestrogen and progesterone that are absorbed into the body through the skin. These hormones work to prevent pregnancy.

  • How effective is the patch?

    If you apply the Evra patch the first day of your period, you will protected from pregnancy immediately.

    If used correctly the patch is 99% effective. If it isn’t always used correctly, 9 out of 100 users will get pregnant.  

  • What are the benefits of using an Evra Patch?

    There are lots of advantages to using the contraceptive patch, particularly if you are someone who worries about forgetting to take the pill. The patch has to be changed weekly and can be worn while swimming, in the bath, shower, a hot tub or sauna and doesn’t interrupt sex. 

    As the hormones are absorbed through the skin, not the stomach, if you vomit or have diarrhoea, it will still work. Some women also find it helps acne, and can make periods more regular, lighter and less painful. The patch may also reduce the risk of some cancers, recurrent endometriosis after surgery and help problems associated with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). 

  • Where do I put the Evra patch?

    The patch can be placed almost anywhere on your body, as long as the skin is clean, dry and not too hairy. It’s not advised to put the patch on sore or irritated skin, an area which might get rubbed by tight clothing (like underneath the bra strap), or the breasts. 

    With each patch it’s advised to change the position on the skin to avoid the potential of irritating the skin.

  • What are the side effects of the contraceptive patch?

    Most women experience no side effects.  However, headaches, skin irritation, nausea and breast tenderness are the most common side effects that have been reported. Rarely, some women develop blood clots. This contraceptive carries a slightly higher risk of blood clots than others. If you have any concerns, send us a message via your Patient Record.

    For full information on side effects and correct use, see the patient information leaflet. If any side effects concern you, contact us via your Patient Record.

  • What happens if my Evra Patch comes off?

    In 4% of cases the patch can come off the skin before the week is over – if this happens unnoticed, you may not be as well protected against pregnancy.

    Up to 48hrs without a patch – try to put it on again or put on a new patch immediately. Your 'patch change day' will stay the same. Do not try to replace the same patch if it's no longer sticky, is stuck to something else, or has already fallen off once before.

    More than 48hrs without a patch or the time detached is uncertain - start a new patch immediately. You now have a new 'day 1' and patch change day. Use condoms for the next 7 days. You may need to take additional emergency contraception if you have had sex within the previous 5 days.    

    More than 24 hours late after a 7 day patch-free break – Apply a new patch immediately. Keep the new patch on until the day you usually change it. If you had unprotected sex during the patch-free break, you might need emergency contraception now and a pregnancy test in 3 weeks.

  • Can I buy the Evra patch online?

    You can request and pay for an Evra patch prescription online. As this is a prescription-only medication, even if you are using an online doctor, you will need a prescription from a clinician before you can buy the Evra patch online. 

    The patch contains the same hormones as the combined contraceptive pill, so like with all combined contraceptives you will need to have your height, weight and blood pressure taken to confirm it is safe for you to start treatment. You will therefore need to go into the pharmacy to pick up the Evra patch so that these checks can be done in person. 

  • Important information about Evra Patch

    If you’ve already bought your patch from us, you can request a further 3, 6 or 12-month supply from your Patient Record, if you're medically suitable. If you want to change your contraception, please send us a message via your Patient Record. 

    Combined contraceptives can cause your blood pressure to rise, which can be dangerous. Your blood pressure needs checking before starting any combined contraceptive, then once a year after that. If you’ve had your blood pressure checked recently, or checked it yourself using a home blood pressure monitor, you can give us this information as part of your consultation. Alternatively, you can have these checked when you pick up your prescription in your local LloydsPharmacy. 

  • Safety: taking other medicines

    You should be able to use Evra Patch alongside other medicines. However, it is important that you let us know which prescription, over-the-counter medicines and recreational drugs you are taking so that we can prescribe Evra Patch safely.

  • Alternative treatments

    We offer a range of contraceptives, including NuvaRing (vaginal ring), combined pills, low-dose pills and mini pills. View all our contraception options.

    Condoms are an effective form of contraception and protect against STIs.

    There are also long-acting contraceptives available through your GP or family planning clinic, including implants, the coil and injectable contraception.

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