Advantages and Disadvantages of Anticonceptional Adhesive

Expert answer:

The biggest contraceptive advantage sticker and the convenience of use, since the efficacy, contraindications and side effects are virtually the same as the contraceptive pill. Your biggest disadvantage é not prevent sexually transmitted diseases (STD).

Get to know the main advantages and disadvantages of contraceptive adhesive when compared to other contraceptive methods:


  • Convenience of use;
  • Less risk of forgetting;
  • Lower hormone load, since the hormones are absorbed by the skin and enter directly into the bloodstream, which can lessen the side effects;
  • The liver is less overloaded;
  • It keeps blood hormone levels more stable, without spikes and falls;
  • Ease of use for women who have difficulty swallowing the pill;
  • Reduces the risks of iron deficiency anemia, ovarian and endometrial cancer, as well as other hormonal contraceptive methods, such as the pill and injectable contraceptive;
  • It does not significantly interfere with the effectiveness of other medicines and its efficacy is less compromised by the simultaneous use of other medicines.


  • Does not prevent STD;
  • It needs the intervention of the user, which can increase the chances of an unwanted pregnancy.

Much of the advantages of the contraceptive adhesive are due to its direct absorption through the skin and not by the gut, as with the pill. This eliminates a first passage of the hormones by the liver, which brings some benefits.

Adhesives should be replaced once a week, during 3 weeks in a row, followed by a week of pause, without the adhesive.

Therefore, the contraceptive patch should be used by 21 days, followed by 7 day break.

For further clarification on the advantages and disadvantages of the contraceptive patch, contact your gynecologist or family doctor.