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New Contraceptive Patch Is Just As Effective As The Pill

Posted May 8, 2001 8:47 a.m. EDT

— Astudy published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows women are more likely to use a new 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 birth control pills in that they are made up of estrogen and progesterone.

The report, which looked at 811 women on the patch and 605 women on the pill, showed several important points:

  • Eighty-eight percent of the women using the patch had perfect compliance with the new contraceptive.
  • The rate of women faithfully using the pill was also high at 78 percent but not as high as the patch.

    The patch is not available to the public yet. It was submitted to the FDA in December. It would be available early next year at the soonest.

    The patch is about the size of a half-dollar. Women would wear it on the abdomen, buttocks or arms. It may not be as effective for women who sweat or shower excessively.