An effective contraceptive patch worn on the skin and changed weekly. 99% effective in preventing pregnancy when used correctly.
- Applied weekly
- Unaffected by stomach upset
- Need a blood pressure check within the last year to take safely
Using an Evra 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.
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 our contact form.
For full information on side effects and correct use, see the patient information leaflet. If any side effects concern you, contact us via our contact form.
If you apply Evra on the first day of your period, you will be protected from pregnancy immediately. If used correctly, the Evra Patch can be up to 99% effective in preventing pregnancy. If the patch is removed, it is less effective.
If your 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.
How it works
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.
Important information about Evra Patch
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.
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.
We offer a range of contraceptives, including NuvaRing (vaginal ring), combined pills, low-dose pills and mini pills. View all our family planning 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.