Ladies, when’s the last time you thought about your current birth control method? Chances are, you discussed it with your doctor, began a method and never looked back at that decision. But have you started wondering about other options? Sure, it works – but birth control should be more than something you feel just OK about. Does it fit your busy schedule? Is it a method you want to keep using?
With so many contraceptive options these days, it can be hard to keep up with available choices. That’s why we’re here to make sure you’ve got ALL the information, especially if you want to consider an effective method that doesn’t’ need to be taken every day like the pill.
Meet the Xulane® Patch
Get to know Xulane® (zu-lane) – it’s a prescription birth control patch you apply just once a week. Whether it’s your late-night study sessions, your spontaneous date night, that concert you scored tickets to – Xulane is the birth control that sticks with you wherever you go.
You apply a new patch to your skin on the same day each week for three weeks, with week 4 being patch-free. (Yes, it’s that easy!) Just make sure to check Xulane every day to make sure it’s sticking properly, like when you’re getting dressed in the morning. FYI, the patch must stay on your skin to work properly.
“It is so great to have the birth control patch as an option! Especially for those who have difficulty remembering to take a daily birth control pill,” says Beth Battaglino, RN, HealthyWomen CEO. “It works similarly to combination birth control pills by releasing hormones into your bloodstream that keep your ovaries from releasing an egg (ovulation). It also thickens cervical mucus to keep sperm from reaching an egg. With any birth control, I always recommend that you speak with your health care professional to understand your options and find what will work best for you.”
As Beth mentioned, obviously Xulane is not for everyone. ou should definitely discuss your individual medical history and lifestyle with your healthcare provider to determine if Xulane is right for you.
If you’ve been on the same birth control method for a while, why not learn about another method? You’ve got options, so explore them!
Learn more about the birth control patch and talk with your healthcare provider to find out if Xulane might be right for you.