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There are dozens of forms of birth control that women can use in order to prevent them from becoming pregnant when they are not ready. For some people the birth control option that they choose if very effective and they have to wait a year or possibly more when coming off of it in order to have a baby.

One form of birth control that is not quite as popular as most is the birth control patch. This is a thin, square patch that is no more than 1 ¾ inches and is placed on the woman’s skin. It works by releasing hormones or specific chemicals into the blood stream. These hormones will work to control the body’s organs and how they function.

Many women who hear about the patch are skeptic and wonder not only how it works – but also how it can be effective when all it does is sit on your skin. It is similar to the function of a nicotine patch which is able to release the right chemicals that help us to fight the urge to smoke.

The patch contain estrogen and progesterone – two common hormones that are found in women. These hormones are released into the blood stream and work to prevent the process of ovulation. Ovulation is when a woman will release an egg from her ovaries during the menstrual cycle. If the egg is not able to be released then the man’s sperm will not be able to fertilize anything. Therefore she is unable to become pregnant.

These hormones also help to thicken the mucus that is produced inside of the woman’s cervix. This can make it very difficult for the sperm to travel through her and to reach any of the eggs that might have been released. Also they will make it hard for any fertilized eggs to grab hold of the wall of the uterus.

The woman will use the patch based on her menstrual cycle. She will need to put it on the first day of the cycle and then once a week for three weeks after that. The birth control patch can be placed on her stomach, upper arm, buttocks, or upper torso. During the fourth week she will not wear the patch – but will start her menstrual cycle.

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