Contraceptive Patch gets new warning

Ortho Evra is a prescription patch used for birth control and releases hormones into the skin into the bloodstream via a patch.  Using the patch, women are exposed to 60% higher levels of estrogen than by using the birth control pill.  High levels of estrogen have been found to increase the risk of adverse side effects including stroke and blood clots. 

It is important to talk with your health care practitioner if you have concern and if you use the patch.  There are several options for birth control that you can use that are not reliant on hormone therapy. 

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For A LOT more info – the FDA site and study

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