The contraceptive patch is a combined hormone form of contraception, containing oestrogen and progestogen hormones. It is essentially the same type of contraception as the combined oral contraceptive pill but it is used in a patch form instead of taking pills by mouth. The contraceptive patch is stuck onto the skin so that the two hormones are continuously delivered to the body.

It is over 99% effective if used correctly.

Possible side effects can include:

  • Breast discomfort and tenderness.
  • Slight changes in body weight (these are small and are similar to those that can occur with the pill).
  • Headaches.
  • Nausea (feeling sick).
  • Mood changes.
  • Breakthrough bleeding (bleeding between your periods) and spotting (light, irregular bleeding).