Evra Contraceptive Patch

Apply an Evra patch once a week to prevent pregnancy

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3 months

9 patch(es) - £30.00

6 months

18 patch(es) - £50.00

What is the Evra patch?

The Evra patch is a combined hormonal contraceptive method that you can use to prevent pregnancy. It contains the hormones oestrogen and progestogen to stop you from getting pregnant.

The Evra patch is like a sticker and you put it on your skin. You absorb the hormones through your skin and then they get into your bloodstream. While you’re wearing an Evra patch, it releases around 203 micrograms of progestogen and 34 micrograms of oestrogen every day.

How to use the Evra patch

You use 1 Evra patch every 7 days. After 21 days, you have 7 days where you do not wear a patch. You have to repeat this 28 day cycle to stay protected from getting pregnant.

You only wear 1 Evra patch at a time. You should leave the same patch on for 7 days, then remove it and put on a new one the next day.

To use an Evra patch, you need to remove it from the sachet that it comes in and peel the film off the back without letting the sticky part touch your fingers. Then you should stick your Evra patch to a clean, dry, non hairy area of your body, such as your:

  • abdomen
  • upper outer arm or lower arm
  • buttocks

Do not put an Evra patch on:

  • your breasts
  • any sore or irritated skin
  • skin that has lotion, creams or make-up on it
  • any area where it may be rubbed off by tight clothing, such as your waistband on your trousers

You should put your Evra patch in a different place on your body when you apply a new one. Using a different place each time will help prevent your skin from getting irritated.

You should change your patch on the same day each week, for example every Saturday. You also need to remove your old patch before you use a new one.

After 3 weeks you’ll have a patch free week where you do not wear an Evra patch. During this time you’ll have a withdrawal bleed, which is similar to your period.

After 7 days of not wearing your Evra patch, you should place a new patch on the same day of the week that you normally do. You need to do this, even if you’re still bleeding, to prevent pregnancy.

If your Evra patch falls off and it’s been less than 48 hours, replace it with a new one on the same day. Change your next Evra patch on the day you had originally planned and continue as normal. You’ll still be protected against pregnancy as long as you used the patch correctly for the previous 7 days.

If your Evra patch falls off for more than 48 hours, or you forget to put it on a new one after your patch free week, you should put on a new patch as soon as you remember. You should use extra contraception such as condoms for the next 7 days to stay protected against pregnancy. If it is week 3 of your patches, skip your patch free week and start a new cycle of patches. You might need emergency contraception if you had sex in the week before the patch came off. Check with your doctor if you are not sure.

How does the Evra patch work?

The Evra patch works by releasing oestrogen and progestogen into your bloodstream through your skin.

These hormones:

  • stop your ovaries from releasing eggs (ovulation)
  • thicken your cervical mucus to stop sperm from getting through your cervix to the egg in your womb (uterus)
  • thin the lining of your uterus so that a fertilised egg cannot attach and grow

All of these effects help protect you from getting pregnant.

How effective is the Evra patch?

If you use an Evra patch perfectly, it’s 99% effective at preventing pregnancy.

However, forgetting to use your Evra patch or not changing it on time can make it less effective. If you want to learn more about what to do if you forget to put on or change your patch you can read the patient information leaflet.

The Evra patch is not effective at protecting you against sexually transmitted infections (STIs). We recommend you use a condom when you have sex to protect yourself and your partner from STIs.

What are the side effects of the Evra patch?

Common side effects of the Evra patch include:

  • headaches
  • nausea, vomiting or diarrhoea
  • breast tenderness or pain
  • mood changes
  • feeling dizzy
  • skin irritation
  • weight gain
  • bloating
  • vaginal yeast infections (thrush)

Uncommon side effects of the Evra patch are:

  • trouble sleeping (insomnia)
  • feeling more hungry than usual
  • low sex drive
  • vaginal dryness
  • having more fat or cholesterol your blood
  • being sensitive to sunlight
  • blood pressure going up
  • skin irritation when you take off a patch

You can find more information about side effects in the patient information leaflet that comes with your Evra patches. If you get any side effects, speak to a doctor. They might suggest you try a different type of contraceptive.

Who can use an Evra patch?

You can use an Evra patch as a contraceptive as long as your periods have started and you’re not allergic to any of the ingredients in the patches.

The Evra patch should not be used if you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant.

You may not be able to use an Evra patch if you:

  • are breastfeeding and your baby is less than 6 weeks old
  • weigh over 90kg (14 stone)
  • are very overweight
  • are over 35 years old and you smoke

You also may not be able to use an Evra patch if you have:

  • migraines
  • a family history of blood clots (thrombosis)
  • a condition that increases your risk of getting blood clots
  • high blood pressure
  • ever had a heart attack or angina pectoris (chest pains)
  • had breast cancer in the past
  • liver disease
  • gallbladder disease

You can speak to a doctor to check if you can use an Evra patch. They’ll be able to recommend alternative contraceptives if Evra patches are not right for you.

Evra patch interactions

The Evra patch can affect how well other medications work, and these interactions can also lower your protection against pregnancy.

You should speak to a doctor before you use an Evra patch if you’re currently taking medication for:

  • hepatitis C, such as ritonavir
  • HIV
  • epilepsy, such as phenytoin or lamotrigine
  • high blood pressure, such as bosentan
  • certain infections, such as rifampicin or griseofulvin
  • low mood, such as St. John’s Wort
  • suppressing your immune system, such as ciclosporin

Alternative treatments

Evra is one of many alternative contraception options for you to choose from. All these methods are effective at preventing pregnancy when you use them perfectly.

Contraceptive pills are another way to prevent pregnancy. Birth control pills include:

  • combined contraceptive pill
  • phasic combined pill, that mimics your natural menstrual cycle
  • progestogen-only mini pill

Other methods of birth control include:

  • copper IUD
  • hormonal IUD
  • hormonal implant
  • vaginal ring
  • barrier methods (condoms, female condoms, contraceptive diaphragm)

You should speak to a healthcare professional to get medical advice about which contraception method is best for you. Or you can fill out a free online questionnaire with ZAVA Online Doctor and we can help you today.

Medically reviewed by:
Dr Kathryn Basford

Dr Kathryn Basford is a qualified GP who works as a GP in London, as well as with ZAVA. She graduated from the University of Manchester and completed her GP training through Whipps Cross Hospital in London.

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Last reviewed: 12 Jan 2022

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