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A 27-year-old member asked:

does using the birth control patch increase my risk for stroke?

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Dr. Marsha Davis
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Not really clear: The fda put it back on the market. Earlier it was thought toouvh estrogen was absorbed by the patch but recent studies have not proven risks.
Dr. Edward Smith
Neurosurgery 54 years experience
Slightly except....: A statistically small but definite percentage of women will have strokes when using any hormonal contraceptive (pill, patch, iud). But if you have additional risk factors, such as high cholesterol, clotting disorders, diabetes, hypertension and especially smoking, your risk is greatly increased, especially after age 35. So patch vs pill doesn't matter.

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A 27-year-old member asked:

How should I use the birth control patch?

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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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One a week: On the sunday after your period starts, you place the first patch on your skin. Remove the old patch and place a new patch on every sunday for three straight weeks. The fourth sunday you remove the old patch and do not put a new one on. After a week with no patch, on sunday you place a new patch on and start over again.
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A 24-year-old member asked:

Is there anyone who can not use the birth controlpatch

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Yes: Smokers over the age of 35, anyone with a history of blood clots or an increased risk of blood clots, anyone with severe high blood pressure or vascular disease, any one with active liver issues or gallbladder issues, anyone with breast or uterine cancer.
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A 34-year-old member asked:

What are some advantages of using the birth control patch?

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Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
Specializes in Family Medicine
Timing: The birth control patch only needs to be changed once a week, which makes it easier to remember that a daily pill.
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A 39-year-old member asked:

What are some disadvantages of using the birth control patch?

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Blood clot: Any birth control method that has estrogen in it has rare, but serious, side effects like blood clot, stroke and heart attack. Keep in mind however that getting pregnant has a risk of blood clot that is 6 to 10 times greater than birth control. Also to keep things in prespective...Driving your car is probably the riskiest thing you do on a daily basis.
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A 35-year-old member asked:

What should you do if the birth control patch falls off?

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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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Put it on : Simply place it back on immediately.

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