Not sure which Contraception treatment you need?
What is Evra?
Evra is a transdermal contraceptive patch that’s over 99% effective in preventing pregnancy. It contains a synthetic oestrogen and progestogen and has the same effect on the reproductive system as the combined pill.
Evra only needs to be replaced once a week to provide effective cover, which is popular with many women who don’t want to have to worry about taking a pill every day.
If you think the patch would suit you better than the pill, you may be able to buy it online from HealthExpress.eu. You’ll need to complete a consultation first, so one of our registered doctors can check it’s safe for you to use. Our free next-day delivery service means you could begin protecting yourself against pregnancy tomorrow.
What are the benefits of Evra?
The Evra patch is a convenient alternative to the pill, popular with women who don’t want a daily action contraceptive. It’s also known to treat acne and hirsutism, reduce ovarian cysts and improve endometriosis. Evra also offers some protection from developing ovarian cysts or uterine and ovarian cancers.
Because the hormones are administered through the skin and not absorbed by the stomach, the contraceptive patch remains effective even if you’re suffering from vomiting or diarrhoea. For this reason, the risk of developing nausea and stomach or digestive upsets is minimal.
How does it work?
Each contraceptive Evra patch contains a synthetic oestrogen called ethinylestradiol and a synthetic progestogen called norelgestromin. The progestogen thickens the mucous in the cervix and prevents the womb lining from thickening. The oestrogen prevents your ovaries from releasing a mature egg by tricking your body into thinking ovulation has already happened.
Who can take it?
Most women over the age of 18 can use Evra patches. Some conditions may prevent you from buying this contraceptive, such as epilepsy, depression, diabetes, high blood pressure or thrombosis.
You should disclose any conditions or medication you’re taking because it may affect your suitability for this medication.
How do you use it?
You need to wear a patch for three of the four weeks of your cycle. Evra lasts for one week, and needs to be replaced on the same day each week. During the fourth week of a cycle, you won’t use the patch but you’ll still be protected from pregnancy. You’ll probably experience a period at this time.
If you use the first Evra patch on the first day of your period, you’ll be protected from pregnancy immediately. You can begin using the Evra patch up until the fifth day of your period, but in this case you’ll need to use another contraceptive method such as condoms for the first seven days.
Are there any side effects?
Because the contraceptive patch isn’t digested by the stomach, the risk of developing side effects like nausea is reduced. However, because it contains similar hormones to the contraceptive pill, you could experience side effects associated with the pill. Furthermore, the level of oestrogen you’re exposed to is elevated when using Evra, so you are more likely to develop oestrogen-related side effects like water retention and headaches.
Evra patches are known to cause thrush, mood changes, dizziness, acne, skin itching, muscle spasms, tiredness and weight gain. It can also cause swelling, increased fat levels in the blood, uncontrollable emotions, anxiety, insomnia, reduced libido and vaginal bleeding or dryness, though these are uncommon.
Evra can cause the following rare side effects: abnormal crying, inflammation of the gall bladder, hives and increase cholesterol levels. In very rare cases, Evra patches can cause aggression.
Can I buy Evra online?
You can buy the contraceptive patch online from HealthExpress.eu if you complete a consultation with one of our registered doctors. This will allow an expert to review your medical history and assess whether it’s safe for you to use this contraceptive. If they decide the Evra patch is suitable for you to use, our doctor will write a prescription which will be dispensed by our registered pharmacy. It will then be sent to you via free next-day delivery.