Modern contraception - a plaster!
A bit of history
To test such transdermal agents began in the 90s of the last century. That is, in medicine, they have been around for a couple of decades. Of course, the first results were not as astounding as they are now, but this did not stop the developers of this method.
The first tentative steps were made in the direction of oncology, gynecology and cardiology. Over time, these funds have found and occupied their niche. Improved equipment and the latest technology have allowed the creation of fundamentally new adhesives, which gave a good result when used: their efficiency and functionality have increased.
What is it?
The contraceptive patch that we have on the market is a very thin square of a special patch measuring 20 sq. Cm. It must be carefully glued to one of the proposed places:
It should be glued once a week (1 Evra patch is designed for 7 days of wearing).Each time the doctor recommends changing the location.
In any case, before use, do not forget that there is such a thing as instruction. Ignore it is not worth it.
A hormonal or transdermal patch is a device by which drugs (in this case hormones) enter the body through the skin without the use of injections. Also, the substance is not injected orally into the body (by mouth, as tablets). The Evra patch uses the ability of the skin to absorb various substances through its surface, and then with the help of the circulatory system to deliver them to the organs.
It is important to understand that, despite the subtlety, such tools have a multilayer structure. In addition, each layer performs its specific function:
What is the difference between a transdermal patch and, say, a cream or gel? After all, it would seem that these are all outdoor products, and their effectiveness should be the same.But the fact is that when using creams, only a small part of the nutrients reaches the goal. This happens due to the fact that the skin copes with its protective function, and therefore, does not let everything inside. And in the patch may contain the same drug as in the cream (gel), but its molecular structure will be adapted so that its particles can easily penetrate the skin.
Since the contraceptive patch contains hormones, only a doctor should prescribe it. After all, as you know, hormone therapy can not only restore the body, but also lead to an imbalance in it.
In addition, there are many different patches on the market, each of them has its own characteristics. The most popular is the plaster Evra. And although it gives the best result, the instruction for reading is mandatory.
The first time you need to attach the patch on the first day of menstruation. Next, you should change the patch every seven days, or if it is peeled off. The package is usually sold a set of patches for a month.
If you attached a plaster on another day, the instruction to this tool recommends:
- the first week to use additional contraceptives;
- clearly remember the day of the week and change the patch only on that day.
The effectiveness of the contraceptive patch lies in its benefits.
It is enough once to stick the plaster well and for a week not to worry about the possibility of conception. And you will definitely not forget to take it, as it happens with pills, for example. Hormones enter the body accurately and metered, which means that the efficiency will be high.
Another advantage is the way hormones are received and distributed. This method is perfect for those who have problems with the digestive tract. In this case, the substances get inside through the skin, which means that the digestive tract organs are not involved. This will be especially appreciated by people who have liver problems, a painful stomach and intestines, or those who take a large amount of drugs by mouth and who have overloaded digestive organs.By the way, this method of "delivery" of hormones in the blood allows you to use a lower dose with greater efficiency. Therefore, this method is prescribed for those who have problems with hormonal pills.
In addition to the main function - the prevention of unwanted pregnancy - the patch helps to cope with the pain during menstruation and other problems that are associated with hormonal background. Some gynecological diseases are also treatable with this remedy.
The use of such a patch will allow you not to change your usual way of life. A good adhesive composition allows the tool to firmly hold on the skin, so you can safely swim with it, go to the pool or sauna. It is not necessary to carry tablets (condoms) with you in your purse. And you will not get into a situation where you have excellent sex, and the necessary means of contraception are either not at hand, or you have forgotten to accept them. With a contraceptive patch, your sex life will be complemented by new sensations and colors that you can now experience anytime and anywhere.
Even if you have purchased a high-quality hormonal patch (for example, Evra), you may still not be very happy with it for some reason:
- First, despite the assurances of the manufacturer that a special, reliable glue is used, you may be faced with the fact that the patch has partially or completely peeled off prematurely. This is possible if, for example, you pasted it differently, as the instruction indicates. This also happens if you have chosen a part of the body where friction or contact with garments often occurs (bra straps, belt). Also, if you often visit the pool, shower, sauna, you should remember that you have a plaster, which means that you should take the procedures very carefully.
- Secondly, if you use a patch in the summer, it can be difficult to explain its purpose. Many women refuse to use this remedy for this reason. Therefore, if you are a shy girl, then choose a place on the body where the plaster is unlikely to be seen by everyone you meet.
- Third, do not forget that this remedy, albeit in small doses, still contains hormones. So, the possible consequences that will affect your hormonal background. This is a set of excess weight, and some changes in the figure.
- Fourth, since there is a close interaction with the skin, there is a risk of irritation or even a rash at the location of the patch. If you are faced with a similar, then the instruction prescribes a mandatory appeal to the doctor. Perhaps he will advise another method of contraception.
And remember that the patch prevents the occurrence of unwanted pregnancy, but is not able to protect against diseases that are sexually transmitted!
Features of Evra
But you decided to buy a contraceptive patch, came to the pharmacy and ... were confused. What to buy? There are several options on the market. However, you should not choose this product for the price. Remember that quality cannot be cheap. Inexpensive products can cause a large number of side effects and have a poor adhesive composition.
All of the above should make you think what is more important to you: money or health?
Thanks to high-quality glue, Evra is well and securely attached to the body, which means that you do not need to deny yourself the pleasure of swimming or sunbathing.Sports also will not be a problem, since this tool has no contraindications for physical activity.
The main active ingredients contained in Evra patch are norelgestromin (150 µg) and ethinyl estradiol (20 µg).
When used properly, Evra's patch will ensure that enough of these drugs are delivered to the body in order to block the production of eggs. Sperm will not fertilize, and therefore the pregnancy will not come. There is also a change in the mucous membrane of the cervix, which makes it difficult for sperm to move through it.
Evra plaster is a reliable and popular tool for couples who already have children and want to prevent unwanted pregnancies in the future. This tool is also perfect for those who have a permanent partner, but for some reason do not accept other options.