- 99% effective in preventing pregnancy when taken correctly
- Patches are changed every seven days (on the same day of the week) for a total of 21 days followed by a seven day patch-free break
- Not advised for those who are over 35 and smoke, have high blood pressure or are overweight. In these cases the mini-pill, implant or coil may be a safer choice.
The EVRA patch is a contraceptive patch which contains versions of the female hormones oestrogen and progesterone (ethinyloestradiol and norelgestromin), which are naturally produced by your body.
How do I use EVRA?
A new EVRA patch should be placed on a clear area of skin every seven days for a period 21 days, followed by a 7 day patch-free break. You should experience a withdrawal bleed much like a period during your patch-free week, but you must start your new patch cycle after the 7 day break, even if you are still bleeding. If you forget to take your patch off, or if the patch becomes dislodged early, consult the patient information leaflet provided with the medication.
How effective is EVRA?
EVRA is 99% effective when used correctly
What are the side effects?
Some of the more common side effects associated with EVRA may include: nausea, headaches, mood swings and breast tenderness. If you have any concerns or persistent side effects please consult a doctor.
If you experience any severe or serious side effects please contact your nearest emergency department for urgent medical attention.Please carefully read the patient information leaflet accompanying the medication, which provides a full list of side effects and serious signs to look out for, before applying the patch.
Can I take other medicines with EVRA?
Certain medications and herbal remedies can reduce the effectiveness of your patch. If you start taking any prescription or non-prescription medications while using the patch then contact us via your patient record. Alternatively, your own doctor should be able to give you guidance.
Why do I need my blood pressure, height and weight checked at the pharmacy?
To safely order a prescription for EVRA, we need to know your height, weight and blood pressure. This is because the patch can cause your blood pressure to rise, and can increase the risk of blood clots, a heart attack or a stroke.
Your pharmacist will carry out these checks before dispensing your patch to make sure it's safe for you to take. Most pharmacies offer this service for free.
How long does EVRA take to work?
If you start using the patch on the first day of your period, you will be protected against pregnancy straight away. If you take it any later, you need to be sure you could not already be pregnant and use condoms for at least seven days until EVRA starts to work.
What Do I Do With My Results Card?
When you receive your prescription in the post, you will also receive a results card along with a Freepost envelope.
Simply take this with you and ask the pharmacist to fill in the back of the card.
Return it to us either using the Freepost envelope, or by uploading a photo (or scan) of the completed card to your patient record.
You will not be able to re-order unless you return your results card in the post or upload it to your patient record.
How Do I Re-Order My Prescription?
To re-order your prescription, you must have returned your last results card to us. You can send it back to us using the Freepost envelope that comes with your prescription, or alternatively you can upload it to your patient record.
Why do you need my results card?
If your blood pressure is high or you are overweight, this can increase your risk of a heart attack, blood clot, or stroke, when taking the combined pill, patch or ring. Therefore we need to know these details so that we can continue to safely prescribe you the combined pill.
The results card is our way of keeping you safe and making sure your pharmacist is only dispensing combined contraception if it's medically appropriate for you.