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Who Should Avoid the Birth Control Patch?

Who Should Not Use the Birth Control Patch?

You should not use the birth control patch if you:
 
  • Are allergic to Ortho Evra, norelgestromin/ethinyl estradiol, or any of the inactive components used to make the contraceptive. Your healthcare provider or pharmacist has a list of the inactive components in the birth control patch.
  • Have ever had a blood clot.
  • Have a blood clotting disorder (that causes you to clot too easily).
  • Have heart disease.
  • Have had a stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA or mini-stroke).
  • Have problems with your heart valves that increase your risk of blood clots.
  • Have very high blood pressure (hypertension).
  • Have diabetes that has affected your eyes, kidneys, or blood vessels.
  • Have an upcoming, major surgery that will require you to be immobilized for several days.
  • Have a history of breast cancer or endometrial cancer (cancer of the lining of the uterus).
  • Have undiagnosed abnormal genital bleeding.
  • Have had yellowing of the whites of the eyes or skin (jaundice) during a prior pregnancy or oral contraceptive use.
  • Have liver tumors.
  • Are pregnant (or think you might be pregnant).
     

Precautions and Warnings With the Birth Control Patch: Final Thoughts

There are a number of situations in which the birth control patch should not be used, along with several precautions and warnings people should be aware of before using this form of contraception. However, it is possible that not all of the warnings or precautions were discussed in this article. Therefore, you should talk with your healthcare provider about the specific birth control patch warnings and precautions that may apply to you.
 
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