The most common side effects related to hormonal contraception should be mild and easy to manage, and they normally go away after a month or two.
But if you get side effects that are making your life a bit more difficult, reach out to our clinician for some advice. They may recommend that you switch to a different contraceptive.
The most common side effects of using the birth control patch are tender breasts, nausea, headaches and irregular bleeding (breakthrough bleeding or spotting).
If you experience any of these side effects, don’t worry. They’re totally normal.
Although they’re rare, there are more serious side effects which can have a significant impact on your health too. If you experience any serious side effects when you’re using the birth control patch, take it off and go to hospital immediately.
More serious side effects include: migraine; new or worsening depression; severe pains in your stomach; changes to your periods; jaundice (yellowing of the eyes and skin); lumps in your breasts; signs of a heart attack (chest pain, shortness of breath and feeling weak); signs of a stroke (your face drooping on one side, slurred speech and numbness on one side of your body); and signs of a blood clot (throbbing in your leg, breathlessness and coughing up blood).