Side Effects of the Evra Patch

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As with most contraceptive methods, there are side effects to the contraceptive patch. This is because you are in-taking more of certain hormones than your body is used to. In general, these range in severity and many are rare so usually women on the patch do not experience a problem. Some can occur when you first start using the patch but they usually disappear after the first few cycles. However, if any of the side effects persist you must consult your doctor.

The following side effects affect some women who wear the contraceptive patch:

  • Headaches
  • Mood swings/depression – This can range a great deal depending on the woman but you may experience mood swings for the first couple of cycles of the patch. These should disappear.
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Weight gain – some women experience weight gain that they cannot reverse whereas others experience none at all.
  • Irritation of the skin – especially if the patch is put in the same place continuously or you experience an allergic reaction.
  • Muscle spasms
  • Irregular bleeding or spotting.
  • A missed withdrawal bleed- this is not always an indication of pregnancy, especially if you have been using the contraceptive patch correctly. However, if you miss two withdrawal bleeds, consult a doctor.
  • Dizziness
  • Breast tenderness
  • Rise in blood pressure – The doctor will monitor this in regular check ups and if it has increased too much since your time on the patch, then you will most likely be taken off this method of contraception.
  • Bloating or abdominal pain.
  • Fluid retention – especially in the fingers or at your ankles.
  • If you wear contact lenses, you may find your tolerance towards them has changed.

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