Ortho Evra (The Patch)

Overview of Ortho Evra (The Patch)

The Ortho Evra Patch is a combined estrogen/progestin adhesive patch worn on the skin. A new patch is placed in one of four locations-buttocks, abdomen, upper torso or upper outer arm once a week for three weeks in a row, followed by a 7-day patch free week. The patch requires a visit with a healthcare provider to get a prescription, and a visit to the pharmacy to get them. 

How It Works

The combination of hormones works by keeping the ovaries from releasing an egg (ovulation) and less often by thickening the cervical mucus, which prevents the sperm from entering the uterus. 


Typical use: 92%

Perfect use: 99.7% 


  • Highly effective
  • Predictable, regular menstrual cycles
  • Easy to use
  • Does not interfere with having sex
  • Protection from ovarian cysts, cancer of the ovaries, cancer of the uterus 


  • Difficult to conceal patch or difficult to get good skin adherence
  • Spotting between periods
  • Need to change patch once a week
  • Offers no protection against sexually transmitted infections
  • Lower effectiveness in women weighing 198 lbs or more 


Available at SHCS Medical Services by prescription