Originally Posted by Many Colours
I went to the doc yest (2nd day of my period) and explained to him im going to have sex for the first time and i need some contraceptive. i asked abt patch and i refused to take BCP as i know i cannot follow it religiously everyday.. but he sort of discouraged me to take the patch but take bcp instead. he said not many pple take patch.. and the bcp is a more common form of contraception.
anybody know why??? im very curious.. cos u dont need to remember to wear it everyday nor the time u wear it...
More people do use the pill than the patch, but the patch is still widely used. You need to realize that there are dozens of brands of birth control and only one brand of patch. So, of course, there are going to be more pill users than patch users.
The patch (Ortho Evra) has recently come under some fire due to new evidence that the patch has higher risks for blood clots than the other methods of hormonal birth control. Perhaps this is why he's discouraging patch use. Also, the patch is still relatively new compared to pills, which have been around for decades. He may just prefer the old "standard" as that's what he's most familiar with.
Also, you do realize that the patch must be worn every day, and that you can't take it off? I'm assuming that you just meant that the patch doesn't need applied daily or at a certain time, but it is crucial that you keep the patch on for the full 1 week, and apply the new patch on time.