It is a highly effective form of contraception, being 99% effective.
The patch releases a steady dose of hormones (oestrogen and progestogen) into your bloodstream via the skin.
The patch is a convenient alternative to the pill - you only need to apply it once every seven days.
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It should be applied to a flat area of the skin, such as the upper arm. In the same way to the pill, it should be applied on the first day of your period for immediate protection. After it has been on for 21 days you should remove it and have a seven day break from the hormones before applying a new patch. During the seven day break you will remain protected against pregnancy but you may experience withdrawal bleeding which is similar to a period.
The main benefit to using a form of hormonal contraception is its success rate, which is more than 99%. It also provides additional benefits over the combined pill. It is convenient for women who are worried they might forget to take a pill or who suffer from vomiting or diarrhoea, as the hormones in the patch are released directly into your bloodstream.
Using this contraception will also help to regulate periods and avoid heavy or painful menstruation. It is also believed to reduce your risk of developing certain cancers.
Most women over the age of 18 will be prescribed the contraceptive patch if they request it. However, it may not be suitable for women who are overweight, smokers, pregnant, breastfeeding or over the age of 35.
In addition, there are certain medical conditions which can make using this less safe and effective. For example, you will not be prescribed this if you suffer from heart or circulatory problems, diabetes or have a history of cancer or liver problems. It is important to discuss any condition or current treatment in your medical consultation to make sure that this is the right form of contraception for you.
Every prescription medication presents some risk of side effects, although with this contraceptive the risk of serious or long-lasting side effects is lower. Some of the more common side effects which women experience include headaches, migraines, mood swings, skin irritation or breast tenderness. Any more severe side effects, such as severe stomach pain, jaundice, breathlessness or chest pain should be reported to a medical professional.
Yes, it is available to buy online from 121doc. This is a safe, convenient way to buy your contraceptives as you can fill in a free online medical consultation, which will be reviewed to ensure this is the best option for you. Once your order has been approved, you will be issued a prescription, which we will send to the pharmacy.
At 121doc we offer a free next day delivery service, which means that your order could arrive within 24 hours. If you live in the London area you may receive your order in as little as two hours.
Our consultations include general questions about your health (e.g. blood pressure levels, current and past conditions), as well as specific questions related to your selected treatment. We will also request relevant personal information to complete payment and delivery.
All questions are necessary, and your answers and details will not be shared with any third-parties. Only our doctors have access to your medical information.
It is a legal and medical requirement that a doctor first reviews all completed consultations. We have a team of in-house doctors and specialists who will ensure your selected treatment is safe for your use. All information is stored securely and confidentially.
Please note, we do not guarantee that our doctors will approve treatment.
Your consultation will be sent directly to our medical team, where it will be reviewed by one of our doctors.
If your chosen treatment is deemed suitable for your use, they will issue a prescription. Your prescription is then forwarded to our pharmacy, where your medication will be dispensed and dispatched for courier delivery.
Yes. All 121doc orders include a medical consultation, a prescription and next-day delivery. There are no additional costs. We believe in providing a safe and easy-to-use service.
Yes. However, certain medications may negatively interact with each other. Our doctors may not approve your order on this basis.
You can place multiple items in one basket, and complete a consultation for all.
If you wish to place a second order for a different medication, you will have to complete a separate consultation.
We offer several delivery options:
All these options can be tracked and require a signature on delivery. If you are not available, a friend or relative can sign in your place.
None of these options will incur an additional charge.
To ensure you are purchasing from a reputable company, you should look to see their country’s regulatory bodies verify them.
In the UK, this is the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).Certificates can be viewed here.
Some treatments also offer the 'Advise Me' function. You will be asked questions about your lifestyle and needs, plus medical questions. You will then be presented with the advice of our doctors.
Our patients’ privacy is of utmost importance. All your medical information is securely stored and only viewed by our doctors. We do not share your details with third-parties. We are also regularly inspected by various UK regulatory agencies, such as the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO).
All orders will only show on invoices, bank statements, etc. as ‘HHC Ltd’.