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Treatment Information

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What are Evra patches?

The Evra Patch is a branded contraceptive patch that releases hormones into the body through the skin to stop pregnancy from occurring.

Evra patches are a type of combined contraception because they contain both oestrogen and progestogen. Specifically, they contain a progestogen called norelgestromin and an oestrogen called ethinyl estradiol.

How do Evra patches work?

Evra patches work similarly to the combined pill except they are worn on the skin rather than swallowed like a tablet. The patches are approximately 5 cm by 5 cm and contain man-made versions of oestrogen and progesterone that are released through the skin into the body.

These hormones work to stop pregnancy by:

  • Stopping the ovaries from releasing an egg (ovulation)
  • Thickening the cervical mucus, so sperm find it difficult to travel through the cervix
  • Thinning the womb lining so an egg cannot attach to it

How to use Evra Patches

Where you should apply Evra Patch?

Evra patches should be stuck to any area of the skin that is clean, dry and free from hair. You should apply the patch exactly as a clinician has told you to.

Patch Change Schedule

Generally, you will wear one Evra patch for 7 days before changing it for a new one on the 8th day. You should change your patch on the same day each week. You should do this for 3 weeks and then have one week off. During this week, you will not wear an Evra patch.

During this week, you may experience a withdrawal bleed. This is similar to having a period and happens because of the fluctuating hormones.

After 7 days of not wearing a patch, you should begin the 4-week cycle again. You should apply a new patch, even if you are still having a withdrawal bleed.

Extended use of Evra Patch:

Evra patches can also be applied for extended use. If you use it like this, you will wear an Evra patch for 9 weeks followed by a patch-free break for the following 4 or 7 days.

While wearing an Evra contraceptive patch you can shower, exercise, and swim as normal without the patch coming off. You should check to make sure the patch is still in place after participating in any of these activities.

What happens if the Evra patch comes off?

If the patch becomes loose, lifts at the edges or falls off, you should not try to re-stick it with tape. What you should do if the patch does fall off, depends on how long it has been removed.

  • If it has been off for less than 24 hours: You should try to reapply the patch or apply a new patch straight away if the current patch is not sticky, has stuck to itself or another surface, or has other material stuck to it or it’s the second time that the patch has become loose or fallen off. You should not need to use any other forms of contraception, and your patch change day should be the same.
  • If it has been more than 24 hours: You should start a new four-week cycle straight away by putting on a new patch. You will now have a new day 1 and a new patch change day. As a precaution, you will need to use a barrier method of contraception, such as condoms, for the first week of your new cycle.

What’s the difference between the combined contraceptive pill and Evra patches?

FeatureEvra patchCombined pill
Active ingredientsOestrogen and progestogenOestrogen and progestogen
UsageOne patch is applied weekly for three weeks followed by a one-week breakDaily
BenefitsCan be easier to remember for some people and is unaffected by sickness and diarrhoeaA reversible method of contraception which can reduce period pain, improve acne, and regulate menstruation
ConvenienceOnce weekly application but may be visible on the skinMust be taken once daily but is not noticeable

How effective is the Evra patch?

If the Evra patch is used correctly, it is 99% effective at preventing pregnancy. Research shows that the annual probability of pregnancy while using the contraceptive patch is 0.8% while method failure is approximately 0.6%.

Compliance with the method of contraception can play a key role in its efficacy. A recent study showed that the use of a transdermal patch was the preferred parenteral method and that women were more likely to comply with the patch than the combined oral contraceptive pill.

Where can I get Evra patches?

Evra patches are available on prescription from Prescription Doctor.

You’ll need to complete a short online medical questionnaire as part of a consultation. The answers you give will help our clinician decide if Evra patches are a suitable type of contraception for you.

If the Evra patch is right for you and your order is approved by 3 pm on a weekday, your order will be dispatched for next-day delivery.

All our items are delivered in discreet, opaque, and tamper-proof packaging to maintain your privacy.

If our clinician doesn’t feel like Evra patches are suitable for you, you will receive a full refund at no extra cost as part of the Prescription Doctor money-back guarantee.

Are Evra patches available over the counter at a pharmacy?

No, you will need a prescription from a registered doctor to get Evra patches.

Are Evra patches available on the NHS?

Yes, Evra patches are available on the NHS, but you will need to make an appointment with your GP or visit a sexual health clinic for a consultation.

Evra patch side effects

Like any medication, it can have potential side effects, although not everyone experiences them. Some common side effects of the Evra patch may include:

  • Skin irritation or redness at the application site
  • Breast tenderness or enlargement
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Headaches
  • Mood changes
  • Changes in menstrual bleeding patterns, including spotting or breakthrough bleeding
  • Weight changes
  • Decreased libido
  • Abdominal pain or bloating
  • Dizziness

You must discuss any concerns about side effects with a healthcare provider.

Who can use Evra patches?

Evra patches may not be suitable for everyone. You should not use Evra contraceptive patches if you:

  • Have or have had a blood clot in a blood vessel
  • Have a blood clotting disorder
  • Need an operation or will be off your feet for a while
  • Have had a heart attack, stroke, or angina
  • Have had a migraine with aura
  • Are allergic to any of the ingredients in an Evra patch
  • Have or have been told you might have breast, womb, cervical or vaginal cancer
  • Know your liver does not function properly
  • Have vaginal bleeding and do not know why
  • Have hepatitis C and are taking any medicines that contain ombitasvir/paritaprevir/ritonavir, dasabuvir, glecaprevir/pibrentasvir or sofosbuvir/velpatasvir/voxilaprevir

Before using Evra patches you should let a clinician know if you are:

  • Pregnant or think you might be
  • Are over 35 years old and smoke
  • Very overweight
  • Breastfeeding
  • Taking any other medications - prescribed, over-the-counter or herbal

Are there alternatives to Evra available?

Yes, there are several contraceptive options available.

At Prescription Doctor, we offer:

We also have an emergency contraception service where you can order the morning-after pill.


Additional resources

How to get the contraceptive pill?

How is the mini pill different from the combined contraceptive pill?

Understanding your contraception options

Best contraceptive pill for you

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Why does my NuvaRing keep falling out?


Sources

EMC, (2022). EVRA 203 micrograms/24 hours + 33.9 micrograms/24 hours transdermal patch: Package leaflet.

International Journal of Women’s Health, (2014). International survey to assess women’s attitudes regarding choice of daily versus nondaily female hormonal contraception.

JCM, (2024). Comparison of Combined Parenteral and Oral Hormonal Contraceptives: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Trials.

NHS, (2024). What is the contraceptive patch?

Treatment information

  • Product Name: Evra Patch
  • Active Ingredient(s): Oestrogen and Progestogen
  • Manufacturer: Janssen Inc
  • Description: Evra Patches are applied directly to the skin and applied weekly to prevent pregnancy
  • Exemption: Subject to medical prescription
  • Administration: Applied directly to the skin
  • Presentation: Patches
  • Available Strength: One patch is applied weekly for three weeks
  • Application: Women over 18
  • Dosage: One patch every 7 days after 3 weeks a 7 day break
  • Alcohol Consumption: No influence
  • When Pregnant: Do not take when pregnant. Speak to your doctor for further advice.
  • When Breastfeeding: Do not take when breastfeeding. Speak to your doctor for further advice.
Click here to view the Evra Patch - Patient Information Leaflet

Authored By

Leanne

Leanne Edermaniger

Medical Content Writer
Leanne is a science and health content writer focusing on human health and biology while utilising her solid academic background.

Published on: 15/04/2024

Reviewed By

Mohamed Imran Lakhi

Mohamed Imran Lakhi

MPharm - Lead Pharmacist
Imran Lakhi is the superintendent pharmacist and founder at Prescription Doctor. He has been at the core of our team.

Reviewed on: 15/04/2024
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