Patch

How it works:

The birth control patch works like the birth control pill. The patch releases the hormones estrogen and progestin into your body to stop ovulation, which means there is no egg for sperm to fertilize. It also makes it more difficult for sperm to swim and meet an egg. When changed on time every week, the patch is greater than 99% effective at preventing pregnancy. However, in real life about 9 in 100 women will get pregnant if they forget to change it every week. This reduces its effectiveness to 91%.

Perks:

  • Can reduce acne

  • Can make periods regular

  • Eases cramps

  • Can stop using it on your own

  • Don't have to take daily

Drawbacks:

  • Must remember to change patch weekly

  • Doesn’t protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs)

  • Visible on body