Contraceptive patches

Contraceptive patches are a contraceptive that you attach to the skin and replace every week. Contraceptive patches can be an alternative to contraceptive pills.

Contraceptive patch on a woman's shoulder

What are contraceptive patches?

Contraceptive patches are soft patches with a size of 4.5 × 4.5 cm. The patch contains the hormones oestrogen and progesterone. When using the patch, the hormones are absorbed via the skin and enter the blood circulation.

When using contraceptive patches, you don't have to remember to take a pill every day.

The contraceptive patch available in Norway is called Evra.

How to use contraceptive patches

You change the patch on a fixed day of the week for three weeks. Then you can have a patch-free week. You will get bleeding in the week you do not use the patch.

If you want to avoid the bleeding, skip the patch-free week. You will then have a bleed after a few months. Then you should take a break for 4-7 days before using a new patch.

The patch should withstand showering and bathing, if properly attached.

Risks associated with the use of contraceptive patches

The use of contraceptive patches may increase the risk of cardiovascular disease. This risk increases with age. Therefore, if you are over the age of 35 with an additional risk of cardiovascular disease, you should not use contraceptive patches. Here, additional risk means those who:

  • smoke
  • are overweight
  • have diabetes
  • have a high fat and cholesterol level in the blood
  • have increased heredity for cardiovascular disease

If you have a BMI higher than 35, you should also not use contraceptive patches.

Olafia Clinic

Centre for counselling, examination and treatment of sexually transmitted infections at Oslo University Hospital. 

Sex og samfunn

Centre for youth sexuality. Sex og samfunn is a service for people under the age of 25 which provides guidance and prescriptions for contraception as well as the opportunity to get tested for sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

Ung.no

The public information channel for young people. 

The contraception guide in several languages

Overview of all contraceptives, available in Norwegian, English, Urdu, Polish, Somali, Arabic and Tigrinya.

Zanzu

Information about sex and cohabitation in Arabic, English, Farsi, French, Norwegian, Polish, Somali, Tigrinya and Turkish, aimed at immigrants and others with short periods of residence.

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Direktoratet for medisinske produkter (DMP) . Contraceptive patches. [Internet]. Oslo: The Norwegian Directorate of Health; updated Tuesday, September 21, 2021 [retrieved Thursday, July 25, 2024]. Available from: https://www.helsenorge.no/en/sex-og-samliv/contraception/p-plaster/

Last updated Tuesday, September 21, 2021