Ring and Patch, New Birth Control Options - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/26/02

Ring and Patch, New Birth Control Options

There are more options today for women looking into contraception now that two new forms of birth control have recently been approved by the FDA. Both are good alternatives for women who don't want to have to remember to take a birth control pill every day.

First, there's the Ortho-Evra, which is a hormone releasing patch. "It's a patch that's applied once a week to any body part that's not rubbed by clothing; the arm, the belly, the buttocks." Dr. Dona Perry, an Obstetrician/Gynecologist. Dr. Perry adds that the Ortho-Evra is just as effective as the pill. She says the patch is 99% if used correctly. The patch is applied to the body each week for three weeks, then for one week, without, so that the woman can have her cycle. The Ortho-Evra is said to be 99% effective, the same as taking birth control pills.

The second new option for birth control is the Nuva Ring. Dr. Perry says, "It is a small plastic ring, it has hormones inside of the ring. You put it in your vagina. There's no wrong way to put the Nuva Ring in. It's great it's very easy." The Nuva Ring stays in place for three weeks at a time. It, too, is removed for one week. Dr. Perry says it's 95% effective, when it's used correctly. As far as side effects, Dr. Perry says they're about the same as birth control pills.

Some insurance companies will cover the Ortho-Evra patch and the Nuva Ring. If yours does not, you can expect to pay about $35 a month, comparable to the cost of the pill. Both are available only through prescription.

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