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Evra Patches

Evra Patches (9 patches)

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Evra Contraceptive Patch

Evra transdermal patch is a prescription-only hormonal contraceptive that is placed on the skin to deliver a controlled amount of the female sex hormones oestrogen and progestogen into the blood. Evra patch works in the same way as the combined pill to prevent pregnancy and is 99% effective. 

Women over 18 years old can buy Evra patches from The Independent Pharmacy, including a free prescription, when you complete an online consultation with one of our medical team. Once you've completed your consultation, Evra patches can be delivered as quickly as the next working day.

Evra Patch Information

  • Age: 18 Years +

    Maximum per order: 1

  • Pregnancy: Not suitable

    Breastfeeding: Not suitable

What is an Evra Patch and what is it used for?

Evra transdermal patches are small, discrete patches that can be placed anywhere on the body to prevent pregnancy. Each patch contains synthetic versions of both the female sex hormones, oestrogen (ethinylestradiol) and progesterone (norelgestromin).

Each patch is worn for seven days, after which it is then replaced. You will wear Evra patches for three weeks, then take a seven-day break. The Evra patch can be worn in the bath or shower and even continues to work during exercise, including swimming. 

 

How do the Evra Patches work?

The active ingredients in Evra contraceptive patches, ethinyl estradiol and norelgestromin, are the same as those that make up the combined contraceptive pill and work in the same way. 

The two synthetic hormones work simultaneously to prevent the female body releasing an egg every month, preventing ovulation. On top of this, they make it difficult for sperm to enter the uterus by thickening the cervical mucus.

 

Coming off the Evra Patch

You can stop using the Evra patch whenever is convenient for you but you should start using additional contraception when you do this as you will not be protected from pregnancy. 

Your normal fertility will return once you stop using your patches but it is quite normal for women, who come off hormonal contraception, to not have regular periods for the first few months.

 

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*Prescription medicines are supplied subject to a medical consultation at the discretion of a doctor.

How to use Evra Patch

Before using the Evra Patch you should take the time to read all the information detailed in the Patient Information Leaflet.

  • Evra patches can be used by women over the age of 18 years and should be applied directly to the skin.
  • Remove the patch from the packet, peel off the plastic backing halfway. Place the patch on the desired area of skin. Peel the rest of the plastic off and hold the patch firmly against the skin for 10 seconds. 
  • Change your Evra Patch every 7 days for 3 weeks. On the 4th week do not apply a patch. 
  • Apply your next patch 7 days later and start the 3 weeks on and 1 week off process again. 

 

Evra Patch placement

Evra Patches can be placed anywhere that is comfortable for you, but you should avoid areas of sore or irritated skin or any areas where it could be rubbed off or on the breasts.

The skin should be clean and dry and relatively hairless. Recommended areas for application are:

  • Buttocks or outer thigh
  • Abdomen
  • Upper arms
  • The skin over the shoulder blades

It is best to try and rotate the application sites to avoid the skin becoming irritated. 

 

Starting using the Evra Patch

If you are not currently using any hormonal contraception in the past month or are switching from the combined oral pill:

  • Apply your first Evra Patch within 24 hours of starting your period.
  • If you apply your first patch later than day 1 of your period use a barrier contraceptive such as a condom for 7 days.

If you switching from the Progesterone-Only-Pill, the implant or injection:

  • Apply your first patch the first day after stopping the progestogen-only pill or on the day of removal of an implant or when the next injection would be due. 
  • Use a barrier contraceptive such as a condom for the first 7 days. 

After delivery, miscarriage or abortion before 20 weeks of pregnancy:

  • Talk to your doctor before using the Evra Patch for advice.

 

What should I do if my Evra Patch falls off?

For less than 24 hours: 

Try to put the same patch on again or put on a new patch immediately. You will not need additional contraception.

For more than 24 hours:

Start a new four-week cycle immediately by putting on a new patch as soon as you notice your patch has fallen off. Today will become your new day 1 and you should change the patch every 7 days for 3 weeks before your 7-day patch-free week. 

Evra Patch side effects

The side effects of Evra are the same as those for the combined contraceptive pill, most side effects improve after the first few months. 

Some women may experience the following side effects when using the Evra Patch:

  • Headaches or migraines, 
  • Nausea, vomiting or diarrhoea,
  • Breast tenderness, 
  • Mood changes,
  • Irregular bleeding,
  • Acne,
  • Weight gain,

If you experience severe side effects or an allergic reaction while using the Evra Patch you should get immediate medical advice from a doctor or your nearest emergency department.

If you are concerned about any side effects or you find they do not improve after the first few months you should speak to a doctor, pharmacist or nurse for advice.

For more information about the side effects associated with the Evra Patch please read the Patient Information Leaflet.

Evra Patch Ingredients

The active ingredients in each Evra Patch:

Norelgestromin 6 mg and Ethinylestradiol 600 micrograms. 

The inactive ingredients in each Evra Patch:

low-density pigmented polyethylene, polyester, polyisobutylene/polybutene adhesive, crospovidone, non-woven polyester fabric, lauryl lactate, polyethylene terephthalate (PET) film, polydimethylsiloxane coating.

For a full list of ingredients included in Evra patches, please read the Patient Information Leaflet.

Evra patch warnings

Please read the Patient Information Leaflet for full details on the warnings and precautions associated with the use of the Evra Patch. 

  • Do not use an Evra Patch if you need an operation or if you are off your feet for a long time, if you have ever had a problem with your heart or liver or have had a stroke. You have severe diabetes with blood vessel damage, very high blood pressure or very high level of fat in the blood or suffer from migraines with aura.
  • You should discuss with your doctor before using an Evra Patch if you have inflammatory bowel disease, SLE, HUS, sickle cell anaemia, inflamed veins or varicose veins or have a family history of high levels of fat in your blood. 
  • Speak to a doctor before using Evra Patches if you are using or have recently stopped using any other prescribed or non-prescribed medicines. 

 

Evra Patch and blood clots

The use of Evra Patch, like the use of the combined contraceptive pill, can increase your chances of developing blood clots in both the veins and arteries. 

Women who use combined contraceptives such as the Evra Patch are at the highest risk of developing a blood clot within the first year of use. Once you have stopped using any type of hormonal contraceptive your risk will return to normal within a few weeks.

You are at a higher risk of developing a blood clot when using Evra Patches if:

  • You are over 35 years old
  • You are overweight
  • You smoke
  • You have high blood pressure
  • You have diabetes
  • You have a family history of blood clots
  • You suffer from migraines with aura

If you think you are experiencing symptoms of a blood clot, such as swelling or pain in the arms or legs or breathlessness, it is important that you see a doctor as soon as possible.

 

Evra Patch and psychiatric disorders

Some women who use Evra Patches for contraception have reported experiencing changes to their mood, including feeling depressed and having suicidal thoughts. If you think you are experiencing any mood changes while using Evra Patches you should speak to a doctor for advice as soon as possible. 

 

Evra Patch and cancer

Using combined contraceptives can increase a woman’s chances of developing cancers including cervical, liver and breast cancer. The risk of cancer for women who have taken combined contraceptives decreases once you stop using them. 

It is important to attend regular check-ups when using Evra Patches and to see a doctor if you notice any irregularities to your breasts or develop any unusual vaginal bleeding. 

 

Evra Patch in pregnancy & breastfeeding

Evra Patches are not suitable for use while pregnant or while breastfeeding. If you think you are pregnant and have been using Evra Patches you should stop using them and speak to a doctor for advice. 

Delivery & Shipping Information

Please note that due to the current situation with COVID-19, Royal Mail are experiencing some delays. This may mean that your order takes longer to arrive than you would normally expect. We are working hard to ensure that, where possible, all orders placed before 15:00 are still dispatched the same working day.

 

UK Orders

We offer FREE standard tracked delivery on orders over £40.

The following delivery options are available:

  • Standard Tracked Delivery - 2 - 3 day delivery - £2.95
  • Express Tracked Delivery - 1 - 2 day delivery - £4.45
  • DPD Next Day - 1 - 2 working days - £6.95
  • Special Delivery (Guaranteed before 21:00) - £8.95
  • Saturday Guaranteed before 21:00 - £10.45

Important Delivery Information

All our orders are sent out using Royal Mail (unless stated). We always aim to dispatch all Royal Mail & DPD orders received before 15:00 the same working day. Any orders received after 15:00 or over the weekend will be dispatched the next working day. Orders will not be dispatched on weekends or bank holidays.

All orders are subject to approval by our team of doctors and pharmacists. Your delivery date in the checkout is subject to your consultation being approved by our healthcare team.

All orders can be fully tracked from your dispatch email, in your online account and from any notifications from your courier.

We ensure all parcels are in plain packaging for discreet delivery of your medicines and pharmacy goods. Where possible, we will attempt to size all parcels to fit through your letterbox in tamper-proof packaging. By placing an order on our website, you confirm that it is safe and appropriate for a package containing medicines to be posted through your letterbox, if the carrier is able to do so. You should notify our customer support team if it is not safe for the package to be posted through the letterbox, for example due to animals or small children.

Deliveries containing pharmacy-only or prescription medicines may require a signature on receipt. 

Delivery is free for all NHS prescriptions.

 

Royal Mail

Features:

  • Fully tracked delivery
  • SMS & email notifications
  • Four-hour delivery window
  • Change delivery date directly with Royal Mail
  • Update delivery location - add a Safeplace, preferred neighbour, or update your delivery location to a local Post Office or Royal Mail Customer Service Point.

Royal Mail are the most widely recognised mail delivery company in the UK. Being on the UK’s 29 million doorsteps six days a week means they offer unparalleled price and convenience. The Independent Pharmacy uses Royal Mail’s Tracked 48, Tracked 24, and Special Delivery Guaranteed parcel services to offer reliable, fully-tracked delivery at very competitive prices. Your Royal Mail parcel will arrive with your normal daily delivery of post.

Please note: Royal Mail do not deliver on Sundays or Bank Holidays - this should be taken into account when ordering. 

If you are not home to accept your delivery, a card should be left by the Royal Mail representative. This card will provide details of where you can collect the order or how to arrange re-delivery.

Should you be unable to collect your missed delivery or arrange for your medication to be redelivered by Royal Mail, the pharmacy can resend your medication to the same, or a different address provided it has been returned to us and this happens within a 30 day window.

Once a package has been shipped with Royal Mail we advise that you are bound to the terms and conditions of their use together with the terms and conditions contained herein.

You have the right to cancel your order up to the point when your treatment is dispatched. The pharmacist must destroy any medication within 30 days of it being returned, even un-opened boxes, so we are not able to offer refunds once your treatment has been dispatched.

 

DPD

Features:

  • Fully tracked delivery
  • SMS & email notifications
  • One-hour delivery window
  • Change delivery date directly with DPD
  • Update delivery location - add a Safeplace, preferred neighbour, or update your delivery location to a local collection point.

DPD Local is the most innovative parcel carrier around. Thanks to their industry-leading Predict service, they provide parcel recipients with a one hour delivery window, notified by email, so you don't have to wait in all day. What's more, it enables receivers to watch the progress of their delivery on a real-time map, all the way down to a final 15 minute time-slot. 

As well as keeping customers informed at every stage of the journey, DPD believe in maximising choice and convenience. That's why DPD provide access to a suite of options both on the day of delivery and the night before, allowing customers to take delivery of their goods in a way that suits. If you wish to reschedule, you can:

  • Select an alternative delivery date
  • Opt for delivery to a nominated neighbour
  • Have the parcel left in a specified safe place
  • Collect the parcel from your local DPD Pickup Shop
  • Upgrade delivery to By 12

Please note: DPD do not deliver on Saturdays, Sundays or Bank Holidays - this should be taken into account when ordering. 

Once a package has been shipped with DPD we advise that you are bound to the terms and conditions of their use together with the terms and conditions contained herein.

You have the right to cancel your order up to the point when your treatment is dispatched. The pharmacist must destroy any medication within 30 days of it being returned, even un-opened boxes, so we are not able to offer refunds once your treatment has been dispatched.

 

Forwarding houses

We are unable to ship orders to mailing or forwarding houses for onwards shipping to locations outside of the UK.

 

BFPO Postcodes

Unfortunately we are unable to deliver medicines to BFPO postcodes.

 

Remote Areas

Please be aware that Royal Mail Guaranteed services are not available to all customers in the UK, especially those that live in remote postcodes. Royal Mail advise customers of the following:

We deliver by 17:30 the next working day in the following postcode areas:
AB30 - 39, 41 - 45, 51 - 56
GY9 Alderney (Channel Islands)
HS1, 3 - 9
IV21 - 28, 40 - 49, 51 - 56
KA27, 28
KW1 - 3, 5 - 15
KW16 Stromness Town only
PA20 (0&9)
PA28 - 38, 41 - 49, 76, 77
PH15, 17 - 26, 31 - 40, 49, 50
ZE1

 

We deliver within two working days by 17:30 to the following postcodes areas:
GY1 Herm (Channel Islands)
GY9 Sark (Channel Islands)
GY10
HS2
PA60 - 75, 78
ZE2, 3

 

We deliver within three working days by 17:30 to the following postcode areas:
KW16 - non-Town
KW17
PH30, 41 - 44

 

Please note: This applies to our 'Special Delivery' and 'Saturday Guaranteed' services.

 

International Orders

We are currently unable to ship orders outside of the UK.

We are unable to ship orders to mailing or forwarding houses for onwards shipping to locations outside of the UK.

Need to know more about Contraception?

Visit our advice area or contact our support team

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Scott McDougall

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Published on: 13-11-2020

Last modified on: 13-11-2020


Scott is one of the two founders of The Independent Pharmacy. He is a registered pharmacist and the registered manager of our service with the CQC.

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Chris Newbury

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Reviewed on: 13-11-2020

Next review date: 13-11-2022


Chris is a vastly experienced clinical pharmacist and has been registered as an Independent Prescriber since 2014.


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