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Contraceptive patch is here


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Sep 10, 2004
The long-awaited contraceptive patch, which studies have shown to be more effective than the Pill, is now available in South African pharmacies.

Called the "coolest innovation of 2002" by Time magazine, the patch enables women to forget about having to take the Pill every day - they can now simply stick on a patch once a week, according to Dr Alan Alperstein from the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Cape Town, and private practitioner.

He was the main speaker at a press launch of the product, called Evra, by pharmaceutical company Janssen-Cilag.

The patch, which is applied directly to the skin (either the buttocks, the torso, the abdomen or the upper arm), has proved to be 99% effective in preventing pregnancy.

The patch is so thin that it can be worn unnoticed under clothing, and does not come off, even in humid conditions or during strenuous exercise.