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To place an order, fill in our brief questionnaire. You can choose a preferred treatment, such as Evra, Microlite, or Cilest. Our online doctor will review your information and approve an appropriate treatment.

Prescriptions for urgent treatment can be delivered by Pharmacy Collect, usually within an hour. Or you can choose for your prescription to be delivered to your address. Prescriptions can be used at a pharmacy of your choice.

A contraception consultation costs €20.

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What is an Evra patch or a contraceptive patch and how do they work?

Evra patches are a form of contraception that work in a very similar way to the combined pill: by releasing a combination of female hormones (norelgestromin and ethinyl estradiol) over a three-week period every month. The primary difference between Evra and the combined pill is that Evra transmits hormones through the skin (transdermally), as opposed to being absorbed through the stomach or inside your womb. These small, 5cmx5cm patches resemble nicotine patches, and are stuck directly on the skin.

Just like the combined pill, the hormones in Evra cause changes in the mucus in your cervix, thin the uterine lining and prevent the monthly release of eggs from your ovaries. This prevents the person using Evra patches from becoming pregnant. Evra patches do not protect from STIs.

How do I apply and where do I put an Evra patch?

The Evra patch is very simple to use: simply stick it to your skin and hold it in place for a short while, ensuring the edges are also stuck down and not peeling. Each consecutive contraceptive patch should be applied to a different place on the skin to help avoid potential irritation, although you can still keep with the same anatomic site. Make sure to read and follow the instructions included with your patches.

The Evra patch can be put on most areas of the body, as long as the area is dry, clean and not particularly hairy. It's important to make sure you do not apply the Evra patch to sore skin, easily irritated areas, your breasts or genital area or places that may be frequently rubbed by clothing, e.g. by a tight sports bra or corset. If you are worried that Evra patches may cause irritation after continued use, you can change the placement of your Evra patch each week.

Most people choose to apply Evra patches to an area that isn't always visible; the most popular places are the stomach, upper back, bottom or upper arm. Make sure you aren't going to want to change the position half way through the week to suit a particular outfit or activity, as this is not recommended.

When should I start using Evra patches?

As with the pill, you should start with Evra on the first day of your period for immediate protection. If you plan to start a course of Evra at another time of the month, or are changing the type of contraception you use, check your patient information leaflet for more information.

Evra patches are changed weekly over a three-week period, with a one week patch free  befroe starting the next cycle of patches. During that patch-free week, you may get a withdrawal bleed similar to a light period, but will still be protected from pregnancy. Begin the next set of patches after exactly seven days, even if you are still bleeding.

Make sure you give your doctor all the necessary information about your cycle to ensure he or she gives you the correct instructions for use.

What happens if I forget to change my Evra patch?

This depends on what week of your cycle you forgot to change the patch. We’ve drawn up a table to make it clearer what steps you should take. Please consult your patient information leaflet for more detailed information.

Week of Cycle What should I do? When do I apply the next patch? Use extra barrier contraception for next 7 days?
Week 1 (day 1) Apply patch ASAP Now there is a new 'change day' - the day you apply the patch Yes
Week 2 or 3 (day 8 or 15) less than 48 hours Apply patch ASAP As per the normal 'change day' No
Week 2 or 3 (day 8 or 15) more than 48 hours Apply patch ASAP, and start a new cycle Now ithere is a new 'change day' - the day you apply the patch Yes
Week 4 (day 22) Remove patch ASAP As per the normal 'change day' No

How sticky is the Evra patch? Can the Evra patch fall off?

Evra patches are very sticky and very rarely fall off. You can still take showers and baths, go swimming, exercise and sweat – no regular activity should cause the patch to fall off, as it's designed to stay stuck. Don't use creams or lotions on the area around Evra as these can affect its stickiness.

What should I do if my Evra patch falls off?

Check your Evra patch daily to make sure it isn't coming loose or peeling off. If it does, dispose of it and apply another one immediately. Don't try to hold the old patch on with tape, plasters or something else if it is no longer sticky. Continue your cycle as normal.

If a patch has been off for more than twelve hours and you haven't noticed, when you reapply a new one, use alternative contraception for the following week as Evra's efficacy may have been affected.

If it comes off quickly for any reason and you notice immediately, you can re-apply (assuming it is still sticky) or apply a new one immediately and you should still be protected. Please bear in mind, this is only the case if you have been using Evra for a week or more beforehand – if your first Evra patch falls off within a couple of days of using it, ensure you use condoms or other contraception for a week afterwards. More information can be found in the patient leaflet supplied with Evra.

How do I remove an Evra patch?

Despite its stickiness, it should be easy to remove an Evra patch. If you have stuck it on an area that is mildly hairy, this may be a little painful, about the same as removing a normal plaster.

Once you've taken it off, dispose of it somewhere out of reach of children or pets.

What are the advantages of using Evra patches?

A contraceptive patch is easier for some women to use as you only have to think about them once a week, when you change them. Some women find it difficult to remember to take the pill every day at the same time, whereas Evra requires replacing just once every seven days.

Another downside of the pill for some users is that its efficacy can be affected by heavy bouts of diarrhoea or by vomiting. If you do get vomiting or diarrhoea while taking Evra, neither of these should affect protection against pregnancy.

Evra is not uncomfortable to put on or take off, whereas some women find using the coil, female condoms or other forms of contraception uncomfortable to put in or take out.

Evra can also help regulate irregular or painful heavy periods, and reduce other symptoms such as cramping, heavy bleeding, headaches or mood swings. This isn't the case with all Evra users.

There is some evidence to suggest that Evra helps protect against certain types of cancer, including ovarian and womb.

Can I get side effects from the Evra patch?

Evra can cause side effects, ranging from very mild to severe, although severe side effects are very rarely reported. Common side effects may include, but are not limited to:

  • nausea or vomiting
  • stomach aches, diarrhoea
  • headaches
  • mild irritation of the skin, acne
  • breast tenderness
  • mood swings or mild anxiety
  • menstrual cramps
  • spotting or bleeding between periods
  • thrush infections
  • changes in weight

If any of these mild symptoms persist and cause problems, discuss them with your doctor, who may suggest an alternative form of contraception.
Uncommon side effects include:

  • changes in weight, fluid retention
  • insomnia, decreased libido
  • high blood pressure
  • skin sensitivities, eczema
  • vulvo vaginal dryness
  • application site reactions

Please read the patient information leaflet for more information regarding side effects. If you ever develop signs of a blood clot - shortness of breath, chest pain, painful swelling of one calf - please seek immediate medical attention.

If you have a question about this service, please email [email protected] with the question, and one of our doctors will get back to you within 24 hours.

Pharmacy Collect

If you need your medication urgently, choose DrEd's Pharmacy Collect service. This service is available between 9am and 4pm Monday - Friday. Orders placed outside of these hours will be processed the next working day. First, our doctors will review your treatment and approve if appropriate. We will then send an advanced notification of your prescription to a pharmacy of your choice. We aim to do this within an hour.

If your chosen pharmacy is unable to fulfil your prescription, we will get in touch with you to arrange alternative collection arrangements.

Prescription sent by mail

You can choose for your paper prescription to be delivered to your address. This takes 3-5 working days.

Does DrEd operate in any other countries?

This service is also available in the following countries:

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