What are the advantages and disadvantages to using the transdermal contraceptive patch?

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Advantages: • Convenience of changing a patch just once weekly. • Discrete. • The patch has the same benefits as the birth control pill. Disadvantages: • Cannot apply to skin that is red, irritated or cut. • Do not apply to skin where makeup, lotions, creams, powders or other products have been recently applied. • Most common side effects include breast changes (tenderness, enlargement and secretion), headaches, nausea/vomiting in first few cycles. • Some women should not use the patch including those with history of blood clots, certain cancers, heart disease, stroke and migraines. • May not be as effective in women over 90kg (198 lbs).
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