Are you using an ortho evra contraceptive patch?
You should be cautious due to the increased risk of blood clots associated with ortho evra, a once-a-week contraceptive patch.
Women who use this patch are at twice the risk of blood clots compared with women who use oral contraceptives.
This birth control patch releases 60% more estrogen compared with traditional birth control pills [side effects of birth control pills].
The estrogen released from this patch enters into the bloodstream directly, exposing you to much higher levels of estrogen when compared to estrogen absorbed from birth control pills.
Recent studies conducted on ortho evra maintain that women who are using this patch are at an increased risk of death due to blood clots and blockages in the blood vessels.
Blood clots prevent the flow of blood to the heart and lungs, which puts you at a greater risk. Ortho evra causes blockage or rupture of blood vessels in your brain.
Breast tenderness, nausea, headaches, menstrual cramps and rash at the site of the patch are also possible side-effects of ortho evra.
Who should not use the ortho evra contraceptive patch?
- Stroke and heart attacks are the other side-effects associated with the ortho evra patch. You will be at an increased risk if you are a cigarette smoker. If you are over 35, you are strongly advised to not to smoke cigarettes.
- Women who are pregnant or think they might be pregnant should not use ortho evra.
- Women who have any risk of cancer like breast cancer, a history of heart attack or blood clots should not use this birth control patch. Increased estrogen levels put you at an increased risk of side-effects. With ortho evra, the risk of blood clots in legs and lungs will be increased compared with pills.
Ortho evra side-effects that you should watch include:
- Signs of heart attack: chest pain or tightness in your chest
- Signs of blood clots: coughing up blood, sharp chest pain, or rapid shortness of breath
- Signs of clot in the leg: intense calf pain
- Signs of potential stroke: fainting or dizziness, speech or vision disturbance, numbness or weakness in your arms or legs
Before using, you should discuss with your healthcare provider whether this patch is a good method of contraception for you. Use of this patch cannot protect you against sexually transmitted diseases or HIV.