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Reviews for Ortho Evra to treat Birth Control
Review by Anonymous (taken for 1 to 6 months):
I was exposed to carbon monoxide chronically and it has effected my thyroid. I was having a period every other week when I went into my doctor to see what was going on, and my Lh hormone was way too high. I did my own research into the patch & found out about the increased amount of estrogen and figured I'd give it a try. I had already been on Lo-Seasonique and Seasonique, both were great at first, then I'd have breakthrough bleeding. The patch has completely stopped my breakthrough bleeding. I have gained a small amount of weight, but my breasts have grown so I don't notice it much. The patch does leave a red mark when I take it off, but it's gone within a few hours and I don't experience the itching that others have mentioned!
I was on Ortho Evra for just about 6 months. I had issues where my whole body would be itchy. I went through visits with a dermatologists and was told it was eczema but then after paying attention to have the patch off for the week of my period I had no symptoms so we found out the hard way that it was indeed the patch that was causing these symptoms. I'm sure this is great for some people, it was very convenient. I chose to be on it because I can't remember to take the pill but this just doesn't work for me.
I chose this as my first form of birth control when I was 16, I'm now 20. While it was effective and efficient for me, my hormones were through the roof. I was very emotional and cried a lot. I would recommend this for someone who does okay on high dose birth control. I cried/begged for my doc to switch me to a low dose birth control and ended up on the pill. I'm terrible at taking it but still no baby thankfully.
Review by lovelylady (taken for less than 1 month):
I've been on the patch two weeks now. The thing that's changed is I had spotting instead of a full period. I so recommend this. I tried mononessa the side effects were instant and horrific. I'm falling in love with the patch
I am 21 years old and I have been on the patch for 2 and a half years now. NO BABY! and no scares either! I live by this patch. I have had no side effects apart from my breasts growing larger (which you can't complain about).
I used the patch a couple of years ago and do not remember the side effects I am having now. I am nauseous, my breasts are swollen and sore, and I am retaining water. My moods are through the roof and I hope this levels out soon.
I switched to the patch a little over a year ago after being on the pill 'Microgynon' for almost two years. I was getting really bad breakthrough bleeding with the pill so wanted to try something different. The patch has been great for me this past year, though I generally found the easiest place to put it was on my stomach as arms and back just itched too much! My biggest problem is how unsightly it is - I wear black leggings for work 5 days a week and the edges of the patch collect a horrible black lint from them all week. Additionally, if I have a long bath or go swimming the edges start lifting and sometimes I have to change it midweek as its started to peel off. Overall does what it should, and hasn't caused any problems.
I have tried three different types of birth control: the pill, which I never remembered, Nuvaring, I had terrible side effects and ended up in the hospital due to infection, and Ortho evra. I have been on Ortho Evra for two weeks now and so far it has been ok. My main concern is the red squares left on my skin after I take off the patch. Also, the first day of a new patch is pretty intense. I am VERY tired and sleep more than awake, get very dizzy, and just a little nausea. It really isn't that big of a deal, because it passes in less than 24 hours and I feel great after that. Oh, and no baby!!
Review by Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month):
After looking at all birth control I decided to go with the patch since it had the least side effects. This is my first birth control ever and I was worried how I would feel. I read the reviews on here and was expecting a horrible headache the first day I put it on but I didn't feel any different at all. It's still my first week but so far, everything is great! I forget it's even on me and my sex drive is still beyond great!
I've been on the patch for a month now. So far so good. My breasts look great I've even have a butt now which I'm happy about it. My only complaint is that the first day putting it on it itches. I have a lot of sex drive. Loving the patch so far.
I originally took the pill, but the mood swings were too intense for me. I have not experienced any mood swings on the patch. I really like the patch because it cleared up my moderate teenage hormonal acne. I also like that I just have to change it once a week around the same time, and then I can forget about it. In addition, it has been my only form of birth control as long as I've been on it (other than pulling out) and having sex regularly, I have not gotten pregnant.
However, it does leave my skin irritated and dry, and it can be very itchy. I prefer to put it on my back, which makes it hard to wear tank tops or other shirts that expose my back without having people ask about it.
Overall I think more people should look into the patch
14 users found this comment helpful.
I was on Ortho Cyclen 28 day cycle for almost two years. I lost my sex drive, I gained almost thirty pounds in five months, my moods were horrid, and constant migraines. I switched to the patch, which I had been on previously. I'm on my second patch and already my sex drive is returning, I'm dropping some of that weight I gained, and my breasts are growing (they aren't even tender).
My only serious complaint is the itching. My skin itches where I place it and leaves a few little bumps that itch and burn. I'll take that and deal with it. Also placement took a while to figure out but the best area to put it on is your shoulder blades. They don't wrinkle and scrunch up, or collect the linty stuff there.
I have been on Orthro Evra for 3 years. I love it. I have recently noticed some mood swings, and random break downs. I have snapped at customers and my husband. I never know where they come from or why, until one co-worker pointed out that it could be my birth control. I have a normal period. Every month I start on Wednesday, stop on Sunday. I love that I know when it's coming every month! Thinking of switching to Seasonique for the lower periods due to endometerosis. I know it's not good to be on one certain kind for a long period of time.
I am 19 years old and was looking for a birth control that was easier for me because I am lazy when it comes to taking pills and forgetful so the patch ultimately would work better with my schedule. I was really nervous trying it out because of some reviews. I jut finished my first month with the patch which I've heard it's the hardest and for me it was really easy. I haven't noticed any mood swings or any other side effects thankfully. I place the patch on my butt-cheek and I would say the very first time I put it on I automatically started feeling cramps on my tailbone and I have also noticed that my hands are super dry like extremely dry now and I got a few rash on my hands as well. Other than that I like the patch.
Review by southernsara15 (taken for less than 1 month):
So, I have been on the Ortho Evra for a few days, but what I have already noticed is that it itches, pretty bad, and I already have inflammation in my knees and in my hips, and I put the patch on my right arm and I noticed that the pain in my right knee and right hip has gotten worst. And tiredness and slight headaches, but other then that, I'm loving it so far.
I was on this patch for about 3 months, then it stopped working right and was giving me irregular periods and making me really sick. When I finally stop using it last November, I had symptoms of withdrawal and the sickness I was feeling before was intensified. I had not realized it at the time but the patch was majorly affecting my mood, to the point where I would snap at my boyfriend for flicking through channels the wrong way. Now that I am off it and it is all out of my system, I am finally getting back to normal and am myself again.
I have been on the patch for about four months now. My biggest complaint would be the weight gain and the acne. Previously I was on the pill and have tried the Nuvaring. The pill made me too nauseous and I forgot to take it all too often. The Nuvaring just didn't suit me. I love that I don't have to worry about this birth control but once a week. I will say that each time I change the patch I do have a day of nausea. I also have minor irritation of the skin wherever I place the patch. I itch pretty bad some days more than others. I find that putting it near my shoulder blades avoids any tugging on the clothing and the lint issue.
This is the best birth control I've ever been on! I was put on the pill when I was 14 because I bled for around 15 days a month. Not fun. The pill didn't really help, I always had a lot of breakthrough bleeding, acne and migraines. After 9 years of trying different "types" of birth control pills (monophasic, biphasic, triphasic, high dose, low dose, Yaz, you name it, I was on it!), Implanon, and Paragard and no success, my doctor said that I could try the patch but otherwise she didn't know what to tell me. It worked! I have normal periods, no acne or headaches, and I'm so happy! My only complaint is sometimes the patch is kind of itchy, but it depends on where you put it. A great bet for people who've had problems with other kinds of birth control!
12 users found this comment helpful.
No mood swings, no acne, no weight-gain, controlled period, protects me from being pregnant, only changed once a week, same sex-drive, and increased a cup size! I love it. Sticky part washes away and I rotate between shoulder blades, it doesn't fall off me, works great for me and I recommend to anyone who has had other forms of birth control issues, this just might work for you.
28 users found this comment helpful.
My doctor put me on the patch because I have terrible cramps during my period and usually develop ovarian cysts that are very painful a few days before my period starts. I put this on at 7pm and by midnight I had terrible headaches to the point I couldn't lift my neck or even talk because my teeth hurt. I felt immediate pain in my pelvic area where I placed it. I also had immediate muscle spasms in my legs and right arm (side where patch was) and I don't want to keep up this terrible pain that I felt in just a few hours. Its probably just all the extra estrogen and I probably should have waited it out but I don't want to take any chances.
Review by Onetimewearer (taken for less than 1 month):
I tried Ortho Evra patch for one day and instantly the patch was extremely itchy, I had a continuous headache within hours of the medication, I felt nauseous, and a little achy. Honestly it's probably not for everyone. I'm only 145 lbs and I've never been on birth control before, so hopefully the hormones wear off and have no long-term side effects.
Review by Aestival (taken for 6 months to 1 year):
I've been on two different pills, and after I had my son, I wanted to find something that lasted longer. Until I decided, my OB-GYN put me on the patch. I love how it's once a week. It's easy to remember. I've been on it for almost a year (in March). However, lately, every patch has started to leave big red squares where they used to be. The skin where the patches were is dry, red, and bumpy. Sometimes they burn, but mostly they itch. I moved and haven't gotten a new doctor, so I can't change it. Other than that, I have absolutely no sex drive- but I haven't had a sex drive since I had my son two years ago. So.. yeah. Haven't really gained weight with it. It's been great except for the red patches it's started to leave.
I've never used any contraceptive before but when my doctor told me I just needed to change the patch once a week I knew it was the patch for me. I LOVE the side effects! My breast increased in size, my butt did too, my weight is stable and my sex drive is amazing! Some breakouts here and there but not that bad.
18 users found this comment helpful.
I was on the Depo shot for 2 years, at first it was fine, but in the last 6 months I became very depressed, my anxiety levels were through the roof. I gained a few extra pounds, and I had mood swings like crazy! I decided to try the patch since it has different hormones, and even though I just finished my first week I can already see a difference. I'm not moody at all, I'm a lot happier and more myself. And I've even lost a few pounds. Other than the breast tenderness everything else is completely fine. I'll still have hormones from the shot in me for a while longer and I never had my period with the shot. I'll just have to wait and see!
14 users found this comment helpful.
I started Orthro Evra about 3 months ago. Let me just say, it has changed my life for the better. One, my period is more light and short. My sex drive has went up. I have put on a little weight. But, to me it's good weight. My breasts have increased from a C cup to a DD! I'm not complaining there! The only complaint that I have had, is one patch did come off. I noticed right away and put on a new patch. Nothing to worry about. This was my first birth control method, so I can't compare it to other forms but, I honestly love it and will continue to use it.
18 users found this comment helpful.
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