Yes, the birth control patch is a hormonal method
No, the birth control patch is a hormonal method of contraception.
There is no single "best birth control method." Women have different needs, insurance coverage issues, and preferences. The patch is useful for women who want a reliable method that doesn't require daily activity.
There is no advantage to using the birth control patch and birth control pill at the same time. They have the same mode of action. If you want to double up on methods, try using a barrier method like condoms along with a hormonal method.
The birth control patch is a combined hormonal contraceptive method, like the pill. With the patch, you put a new one on weekly for three weeks, and take the fourth week off.
If you start the birth control patch late, you could be at risk for pregnancy. Use a backup method until you've used the patch correctly for seven days.
Using a backup method on the birth control patch provides additional protection from pregnancy. Since the patch does not work perfectly, a second method can be helpful. In addition, the patch doesn't prevent infection, so backing up your patch with condoms provides the additional benefit of STD protection.
If you start the birth control patch one day late, use a backup method of birth control, like condoms or abstinence from vaginal sex, until you've worn the patch for seven days.
If you miss two days of the birth control patch, put on a new patch as soon as possible. Use a backup method until you've used the patch correctly for seven days.
The birth control patch was approved by the FDA in 1992.
If you miss the birth control patch for three days, put on a patch as soon as you remember. Use a backup method of birth control until you've used the patch correctly for seven days. Consider using emergency contraception if you had sex during those three days.
The vaginal ring, the Merina IUD, Today Sponge & condoms, BC Patch, rhythm method. There are many things that can be used in place of The Pill that are just as effective when used consistently.