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Hormonal Plaster As A Method Of Contraception

Hormonal plaster (birth control plaster) is a modern method of protection against unwanted pregnancy, the effect of which is similar to birth control pills, but the main difference lies in the fact that it does not need to be changed on a daily basis.

Hormonal Plaster As A Method Of Contraception

The action of the hormonal plaster

Hormonal plaster is a small, thin piece of flesh or black adhesive tape containing a certain dose of hormones (estrogen and progesterone). With the combination of these hormones contraceptive effect occurs, that is, the plaster delivers a daily dose of hormones to the body through the skin, which prevents ovulation. Besides hormonal plaster has the following effect on the female body:

  • thins the uterine lining, making the consolidation of a fertilized egg on its walls unlikely to occur.
  • Thickens cervical mucous, which hinders the achievement of sperm egg.

The reliability of this method of contraception is 99%. But we should remember that the hormonal plaster can not be quite effective if women are overweight, that is ninety pounds or more.

The use of hormonal plaster

  • Hormonal plaster is used for three weeks out of four, in this case, it should be changed every week. You can begin to apply the plaster on the fifth day of the menstrual cycle. If it is used during this time, its effectiveness becomes instant. If you start to use it later tan on the fifth day of menstruation, additional protection for the next seven days is essential.
  • After three weeks of use, you must make a break for seven days, during this time menstruation begins, which is usually painless and undergoes with less blood loss.
  • The plaster can be applied on any area of the body where skin is dry and does not have much hair. You can not apply the plaster to the skin, where there is a rash or localized pain of unknown etiology. You can not apply it on the chest. Should not apply it to the places that are in contact with clothing, which can disrupt the tight adhesion of the plaster to the skin.
  • The plaster is sticky enough, so it is not removed in the shower, bath or sauna. But if  the plaster got peeled-off no more than 48 hours ago, it can be reapplied to the place it has been previously applied to and one may continue to use it normally.
  • If it peeled off more than 48 hours ago, you should use the new one. That means you should start a new cycle, with the following 7 further days of extra protection (condoms).

Benefits of hormone plaster

  1. Ease of use (replacement is required only once a week).
  2. It provides no discomfort during sex.
  3. In contrast to the hormonal pills, which are absorbed in the stomach, the plaster does not affect gastrointestinal disorders, such as vomiting or diarrhea.
  4. Menstruation is less painful and more regular.

Disadvantages hormonal plaster

  1. It can be noticed on the body.
  2. It causes irritation of the skin for some women.
  3. As well as oral hormonal contraceptives,, it has side effects, for example, it can lead to headaches, pain in the breasts, nausea, mood changes.
  4. It may lead to liquid secreting including blood or rupture bleeding.
  5. It does not protect against sexually transmitted diseases.
  6. It should be prescrideb by a gynecologist after the extensive examination of overall health.

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