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Contraceptive Skin Patch
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If you have used the new contraceptive skin patch, let us know how you liked and didn't like about it. Did it work? Would you use it again?

From Julie 3/12 ~ I am currently using the patch. I love it; I don't have to think about it except for once a week when I change it. I had one month where my period was late, otherwise I have had no side effects whatsoever and I was prone to weight gain while on the pill which I've not had with the patch.

I have learned that you'll inevitably get a lint ring around it, just like you would a Band-Aid. That comes off with no problem in the shower, though. And to keep myself from having to see it every time I go to the bathroom, I only wear it on my butt. I keep it just low enough so that it doesn't rub against my underwear line, and I never notice it's even there. It's perfect for me!

From ShopGirl ~ I just started the patch and I love it! Just like the commercial says "it's not hard to remember to take your pill, it's just so easy to forget!" And with my hectic schedule, I kept forgetting. With the patch, I just have to remember to change it out 3 Sundays in a row. Very easy! I'm not taking it for birth control reasons, but instead to regulate my period, so I can't testify as to how effective it is against pregnancy.

I have gained a little weight but I can't honestly say it's because of the patch! I get the lint ring too but just wash it off...

Big fan of the patch...

From clover ~ Though I'm not on it personally, I wanted to pass on some info I heard. My SIL does volunteer work for our local Planned Parenthood and they have decided not to prescribe the patch for birth control as it isn't very effective (compared to other similar methods). They like it for regulating periods but they've seen a high number of women end up pregnant while on it. I've also heard that it doesn't work as well on heavier women.

From Nikki 227 ~ I am on the patch and I love it. There is no way I would be able to remember to take the pill each morning. I was on Lunelle which is a once a month shot but that has been discontinued. My doctor did not want me on the depo because it promotes weight gain and he knows I gain weight easily.

You do get the ring of lint. I only wear it on my butt as well. I alternate which side each week. It would be really difficult to forget to change it. I haven't had any side effects from it. My period is extremely irregular and the patch, although doesn't make my periods completely regular, it is much better then it was before.

From ShopGirl ~

Quote: Originally Posted by clover ~ Though I'm not on it personally, I wanted to pass on some info I heard. My SIL does volunteer work for our local Planned Parenthood and they have decided not to prescribe the patch for birth control as it isn't very effective (compared to other similar methods). They like it for regulating periods but they've seen a high number of women end up pregnant while on it. I've also heard that it doesn't work as well on heavier women.
Really? My GYN said it is just as effective as the pill. That is a little unsettling. I'm not using it for birth control right now but I'm sure that in the future I will. Does she have any stats I can look at to back up her claim? (not that I don't believe her, I'm just really curious now).

From Blue Eyes ~ I liked the idea of changing the patch once a week but taking it off was not as easy as I thought (it really pulls your skin and irritates it) and it wasn't high enough of a dose for me as I ended up pregnant and then miscarried at 6 weeks. I wasn't very fond of it.

From Julie 3/12 ~

Quote: Originally Posted by ShopGirl ~ Really?? My GYN said it is just as effective as the pill. That is a little unsettling. I'm not using it for birth control right now but I'm sure that in the future I will. Does she have any stats I can look at to back up her claim? (not that I don't believe her, I'm just really curious now).
I did ask my GYN about the Planned Parenthood decision not to use it, and he didn't know their exact reasons, but he did say that he does not prescribe it for women who are heavier, because the medication does not absorb as well on heavier women. He said he has been prescribing it since it came out--he has strict rules about a woman's weight before he will prescribe it-- and has not had it fail a single patient yet. That was the statistic that convinced me.

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