Ortho Evra is used to prevent pregnancy. Ortho Evra has some advantages over other types of birth control:

  • It eliminates the need to interrupt sex for contraception or seek partner compliance
  • It doesn't require daily attention
  • It provides a steady dose of hormones
  • It can be removed at any time, allowing for a quick return to fertility

Ortho Evra isn't appropriate for everyone, however. Your health care provider may recommend against using Ortho Evra if you:

  • Are age 35 or older and smoke
  • Have chest pain or a history of heart attack, stroke or severe high blood pressure
  • Have a history of blood clots
  • Have a history of breast, uterine or liver cancer
  • Weigh more than 198 pounds (90 kilograms)
  • Have liver disease, migraines with aura, or diabetes-related complications of the kidneys, eyes, nerves or blood vessels
  • Have unexplained vaginal bleeding
  • Developed yellowing of the whites of the eyes or of the skin (jaundice) during pregnancy or previous use of hormonal contraceptives
  • Are about to be immobilized for a prolonged period due to major surgery
  • Are sensitive to any components of Ortho Evra

In addition, tell your health care provider if you:

  • Are breast-feeding or recently gave birth, had a miscarriage or an abortion
  • Have breast lumps, fibrocystic disease, an abnormal mammogram or a family history of breast cancer
  • Have epilepsy, diabetes, or gallbladder, liver, heart or kidney disease
  • Have high cholesterol or triglycerides
  • Have irregular periods
  • Have depression
  • Have skin conditions, such as psoriasis or eczema
Jan. 10, 2013