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Review by Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month):
Ortho Evra (ethinyl estradiol / norelgestromin) for Birth Control: Only side effect so far is random nauseousness. Hate that it's sticky on the outside and 1-2 days before change date it's almost peeling off.
Ortho Evra (ethinyl estradiol / norelgestromin) for Birth Control: I ended up trying the patch after having too many bad experiences with the pill form. I have fibroids and am extremely irregular (skip months at a time, so I really needed to be on something.
The first few months were a bit rough, but it evened out pretty smoothly after that. I've now been on the patch for over two years and I absolutely love it. I've never had it fall off, and I no longer have any side effects. In fact, 99% of the time I forget it's even there. Not pregnant yet either, so it works there too. Great option if you can't handle the pill.
Ortho Evra (ethinyl estradiol / norelgestromin) for Birth Control: I'm 17 & I've been on the patch for 4 months now. Before this I had been on the pill for a few years but it started to become inconvenient. The patch is VERY convenient for me. I've tried quite a few birth controls for my heavy and painful periods but nothing has ever worked. The patch hasn't made too much of a difference in that area but my skin is clear & I'm definitely protected from pregnancy. The first two months my period was really bad but it got better. I'm happy with the patch and I recommend it. One downside is the color of it though. I'm African American so my skin is brown and the patch is kind of pink like a Bandaid. No big deal though.
Ortho Evra (ethinyl estradiol / norelgestromin) for Birth Control: Well basically when I first used it, it was great only have tender breasts felt a little sick but it went away. Then all of a sudden I had these terrible mood swings. Felt really emotional. And I've been that exhausted, I've had to take naps during the day. So yeah not that good for me.
Ortho Evra (ethinyl estradiol / norelgestromin) for Birth Control: I love the patch. I'm 17 and I use it to regulate my periods. They used to be very irregular and long and now they come like clockwork. They're kind of heavy but they only last 4-5 days which is so nice. The first week of the patch I felt pretty nauseated and I had loss of appetite, but after that I was fine. No nausea, no headaches, and my breasts got bigger. The only problem is that I'm extremely emotional. I overreact and cry a lot, especially before/during my period. Overall, though, the patch is great, and way easier than the pill. I recommend it.
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Ortho Evra (ethinyl estradiol / norelgestromin) for Birth Control: I am 16 and this was my first method of birth control. I wasn't good at taking pills so I chose this. In the first couple weeks my breasts felt tender. I only felt nauseous one time. I've had some headaches but nothing too bad. I also got more acne but now that I'm at the end of 3 months it seems like its gone away. I also fear that it will make me gain weight because I have gained 2-4 pounds since then. But I think my breasts got bigger.
Ortho Evra (ethinyl estradiol / norelgestromin) for Birth Control: First birth control I've used and I LOVE it. Been using it for 6 months now. I remember the first 2 patches I ever put on made me a bit nauseous, but now I put it on with no complaints whatsoever. When the patch needs to be taken off for my period, I typically get my period after 24hours. Although not recommended, it does work if you have unprotected sex so it's nice to have that safety in the back of your mind. The only complaint I could possibly have about it is the price of the patch per month. Other than that I've had no side effects and am very happy about it!
15 users found this comment helpful.
Ortho Evra (ethinyl estradiol / norelgestromin) for Birth Control: I've been on the patch for about 9 years going on 10 years. Absolutely love it! It is super convenient, no pregnancies and if you're forgetful like I am it works GREAT! I tried the pill and that made me very nauseous so I decided to give Ortho Evra a try and it was the best decision I've ever made! My breasts grew but that's about the only side effect I experienced. Unfortunately I've been getting a lot of yeast infections recently so I'm going to try the Nuvaring to see if the Ortho patch is what's causing it (highly doubtful). Worth a try though. I highly recommend Ortho Evra.
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Ortho Evra (ethinyl estradiol / norelgestromin) for Birth Control: My boyfriend and I were getting pretty serious so I thought to ask my OB about birth control. I had read about the patch and thought why not, so she prescribed me it and I didn't even need to have an exam. This is my first time using birth control (I'm 16). So far, the patch is awesome. My acne cleared up, and my breasts have grown a bit. When I first started using it, I had some cramps but that may just have been because of my period although the cramps were worse where I had placed the patch. I felt nauseous for about a week but it was intermittent and went away. After that I felt completely fine. And I have discovered that the best place to put the patch is on your hip near your butt, that way it doesn't wrinkle.
Ortho Evra (ethinyl estradiol / norelgestromin) for Birth Control: My experience with the patch was terrible. I started it Wednesday night and by Evening of Thursday I had a headache and felt completely drained at work to the point where I had to ask my manager if I could be sent home. Went to bed around 9:30 and but kept frequently waking up throughout the night. I had the most intense nausea, threw up, and then threw up again in the morning. Felt as if I was pregnant even though I'm not (on my period while I put the patch on). Immediately took the patch off me. The side effects were too brutal for me to endure.
Ortho Evra (ethinyl estradiol / norelgestromin) for Birth Control: I've had the patch for 3 months after having the Mirena removed. The patch is amazing despite constant breast tenderness. I'm happier and more Chilled out, my partner has noticed too. Best contraception I've ever tried! Highly recommend.
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Ortho Evra (ethinyl estradiol / norelgestromin) for Birth Control: I recently started using Ortho Evra and LOVE it. Its easy to use and convenient, especially since you only have to change it once every week. When I first began using the patch, I had an upset stomach for about 2 days but after that I had no more stomach aches. I have also noticed breast tenderness, but its mild and goes away quickly. I have noticed occasional bleeding, but that also went away after the first few weeks. Overall I would highly recommend the product.
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Review by anneboy1992 (taken for 6 months to 1 year):
Ortho Evra (ethinyl estradiol / norelgestromin) for Birth Control: I was completely new to birth control and did not want to be on a pill due to all the stories I've heard. The patch is amazing! Only have to worry about it once a week, haven't had any side effects not even bleeding or spotting, get to have my regular period, and is basically so convenient. It is on the more expensive side especially if insurance won't cover it but for me it was worth it. I don't have to wait for my period to start when I do plan on getting pregnant and is easy to wear. I prefer to wear mine on my shoulder blade because it doesn't rub against my clothes and people don't notice it which is nice. This is a great birth control and whoever invented it is a genius. Highly recommend especially if you're new to birth control.
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Ortho Evra (ethinyl estradiol / norelgestromin) for Birth Control: I just began the second week of the patch and so far, I love it! I put the patch on my bum and I alternate which sides every week. It stays on through showers, school, sex...etc. I haven't really had any side effects except a little bit of a headache every now and then, but I don't know if that even has anything to do with the patch because I have a problem staying hydrated. It's not the most attractive looking thing, but my boyfriend likes to see it because it lowers his stress and thus makes sex more enjoyable. Once this month is over I'll make another review to see if anything has changed!
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Ortho Evra (ethinyl estradiol / norelgestromin) for Birth Control: I have used the Ortho Evra patch 2 years ago and I loved it, did not fall pregnant and had no side effects, but I went back to using it again six(6) months ago, my sex drive has drastically dropped and suffering from vaginal dryness for the past 3 months.
Ortho Evra (ethinyl estradiol / norelgestromin) for Birth Control: I am almost on my third week of the patch. The first day was AWFUL, my cramps were so bad I couldn't sit through a meeting with my professor and he told me not to go to class. The next day was absolutely fine and has been fine ever since. My breasts have already gotten much fuller. So far no weight gain I don't think, a little itchiness at the site of application, but it seems to be working really well.
Review by Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month):
Ortho Evra (ethinyl estradiol / norelgestromin) for Birth Control: I started OE today, and I don't any signs or symptoms yet. It really doesn't feel like its there so I'm constantly touching my butt cheek to feel for the outline of the patch just making sure its still there lol. But I'll admit, I'm breaking the rules. I didn't start within 24 hrs of my period or 1st Sun after period starts. I'm a virgin but my period is late so I just started it anyways.
I'm hoping for the bigger chest and weight loss everyone seems to be boasting about lol
When I initially placed it onto my right butt cheek, i did feel some light, not really cramping, but more like sore muscle pulled something type of feeling on my right, lower back but it passed after about 20 min. It wasn't really anything noticeable.
Ortho Evra (ethinyl estradiol / norelgestromin) for Birth Control: I've been on the patch for almost 4 years. I never had a problem with it, other than the fact that I've gained about 30lbs in the past 3 years. I was on the patch for a while and then went off of it. In the summer of 2010 I went back on and since then I have not been able to lose any weight. I don't know if it is from the patch but I have recently gone off (I can't afford it, and my presription is done) and I want to see if it will help me lose weight. I am very moody, and have breast tenderness during period, but I knew exactly the day I would get my period and when I would be done, it was always light and cramping was minimal.
It think it's a great form of birth control (pretty pricy) but great. Just be aware of weight gain!!
Ortho Evra (ethinyl estradiol / norelgestromin) for Birth Control: Better than Lupron for side effects. I'm not a smoker and I don't have family history of blood clots, so this is a good pain control method for endometriosis & pelvic pain. Over 5 years my breast size got too big, so big my back is sore and I have 2 bulging discs. Went from 36D to 36G. Sex drive is fine, first month only is bad side effects (moody, moody, moody). lighter periods. lost 10 pounds over 5 years (not patch related, I'm guessing). Happy with this drug except for breast size problem.
Ortho Evra (ethinyl estradiol / norelgestromin) for Birth Control: Although I love that I only need to change my patch once a week instead of taking a pill everyday, I HATE the patch. I've been on it for 3 months and took my last patch off for good today. I've gained more than 25 pounds! I'm constantly hungry no matter what or how often I eat (I normally have great self control). Also I have had on going cramping through my entire cycle. My periods are not any shorter, lighter, or less painful. My acne has gotten worse. I have sudden and fierce mood swings and am more emotional than I was when I was pregnant. The only good thing I can say about it is I haven't gotten pregnant, and even then, I haven't had sex since starting it, so that doesn't even count in my book. Hate it.
Ortho Evra (ethinyl estradiol / norelgestromin) for Birth Control: This was my first time being on birth control
The first few days were fine, I started it on a Monday, but on Friday morning I was throwing up. After that day I was always nauseous and had insane mood swings. I'd crave something, then once I got it the smell of it made me wanna puke. The only thing I was really able to eat was crackers and soup. The 2nd Monday after I changed my patch...that night I had weird dreams and I kept waking up feeling sick I couldn't take it anymore, in the middle of that night I took that patch right off. I don't know if it's due to the fact that I'm tiny 104 pounds and at the time I wasn't eating a lot. But I'm not even gonna try it again nausea is not fun at all. Anyway, I'm on the pill now, could be happier.
Ortho Evra (ethinyl estradiol / norelgestromin) for Birth Control: Was 17 years old when switched to pill to patch. It gave me an amazing sex drive. I thought it was the love I have for my boyfriend that made it really amazing. Breast size slightly increased in little as 2-3 months. Quickly gained 10 lbs in 3 months. The size of my butt became more plump with a lil bit of glute workouts. The OPPOSITE of the reviews I read by others is I started breaking out and haven't experienced breaking out this badly. I'm trying to see how I am without the patch due to fatigue and mood swings. In little as 4 days my period became very heavy once I took it off. I had a bad migraine which lasted for 3 days. And this is about my 2nd week off it and my breast, hips, and butt shrunk
Ortho Evra (ethinyl estradiol / norelgestromin) for Birth Control: Loved the patch! Been using it for about 5 months. The first 2 months my breast were super sore but I went up 2 cup sizes! Soreness started to taper off after 2 months. Weight, acne, and sex drive did not seem to be impacted. If anything they got better. Only complaint is that the patch would sometimes cause my skin to itch a lot.
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Review by Anonymous (taken for 6 months to 1 year):
Ortho Evra (ethinyl estradiol / norelgestromin) for Birth Control: This is by far the best birth control I have ever had. Weight loss, no period IF I keep week 3's patch on through week 4 also. No mood swings and very increased drive. About a cup size increase in breasts. Faster growing hair. Beautiful skin. The only down is constant yeast infections seems like they started since I've been on patch because they never used to be a problem. Otherwise perfect, went from Depo-Provera to the patch and will never regret it.
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Ortho Evra (ethinyl estradiol / norelgestromin) for Birth Control: I have been on the Ortho Evra patch for just over a month now. When I first applied the patch, I had a very small amount of nausea, nothing worth complaining about though. When it came time for my off week, I have never had a better period. I had a very small amount of cramping for a few hours, and that was it. There are only 2 things I could complain about: 1) the hormones from the patch made my breasts extremely sore and sensitive, which made it hard to be active or even give hugs. 2) The patch would never stay in place. I'm a very active person, and the patch kept sliding around during exercise and regular day-to-day stuff. This was easily solved by figuring out which recommended area moves the LEAST. Overall great experience.
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