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New Contraceptive Patch Is Just As Effective As The Pill

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RALEIGH — Astudypublished Wednesday in the Journalof theAmerican Medical Association shows women are more likely to use anew birth control patch than the pill.

The new birth control patch is supposed to last one week at a time.A woman would wear patches for three weeks and then have a week off.The chemical composition is similar to regular birthcontrol pills in that they are made up of estrogen and progesterone.

The report, which looked at 811 women on the patchand 605 women on the pill, showed several importantpoints:

  • Eighty-eight percent of the women using the patchhad perfect compliance with the newcontraceptive.
  • The rate of women faithfully using the pill was also high at78 percent but not as high as the patch.
  • The patch is not available to the publicyet. It was submitted to the FDA in December. It would be available earlynext year at the soonest.

    The patch is about the size of a half-dollar.Women would wear it on the abdomen, buttocks orarms. It may not be as effective for women whosweat or showerexcessively.

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