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Xulane is a combination birth control contraceptive patch with 35 mcg estrogen and 150mcg os progestin for women with a BMI less than 30 kg/m2. Twirla may not be as effective in women with a BMI of 25 kg/m2 or more. It lowers the risk of becoming pregnant by preventing the release of an egg from the ovary (ovulation). In addition, combination birth control also thickens the cervical mucus,helping to block sperm from getting into the uterus and getting to the egg. Read More
A new patch is applied and worn for 7 days for 3 consecutive weeks (change to a new patch every 7 days). No patch is worn during Week 4, when you might likely will have withdrawal bleeding. Only wear 1 patch at a time on your upper outer arm, abdomen, buttock, or back in a place in a place where it won’t be rubbed by clothing.
Xulane blends two hormones to make your body think you’re pregnant: 150 micrograms (mcg) of Norelgestromin (progestin) and 35 mcg of Ethinyl Estradiol, (estrogen).
The most common side effects of Xulane include: skin reactions at the patch site, nausea, headache, menstrual cramps and/or weight gain. These are not all of the possible side effects of Xulane.
The chances of serious side effects are rare. Like pregnancy, hormonal birth control may increase the risk of serious blood clots especially in women who have risk factors, such as smoking, high blood pressure, high levels of cholesterol in the blood, diabetes, obesity, a family history of blood clots or are older than 35 years old. These may sound scary, but remember — those side effects are rare.
DOES CULANE CAUSE WEIGHT GAIN?
Clinical research shows that Xulane doesn’t cause weight gain. Some women experience changes in weight while using hormone-based birth control due to changes in appetite, food cravings, or mood. You can avoid this through things like regular exercise and a healthy diet.
WHERE TO PUT XULANE PATCH?
Xulane Birth Control Patch should be put on your upper outer arm, abdomen, buttock, or back. Do not put the patch on your waistline or near clothing undergarment seams. Do not put the patch on the breasts, on cut or irritated skin (rashes or other skin problems), or on the same location as the old patch.
WHAT PRECAUTIONS SHOULD I BE AWARE WITH XULANE PATCH?
One of the most important precautions you can take before using Xulane is to tell your doctor or one of our Patient Care Advisors about all recreational, over-the-counter, and prescription drugs you use—and even herbal supplements! This is because Xulane interacts with certain medications, including drugs used to treat hepatitis C or HIV. These drug interactions may make Xulane less effective at preventing pregnancy or make the other drugs less effective.
Xulane and other contraceptive hormonal birth control do not protect against sexually transmitted infections like chlamydia, gonorrhea, or HIV. If you use vaginal lubricants, make sure they are water-based.
Lastly, do not use Xulane if you’re pregnant, recently had a baby (within the past 4 weeks), or if you are breastfeeding.
HOW EASY IS TO GET XULANE PATCH?
Xulane should be available at most local pharmacies. You’ll just need a doctor’s prescription, which our team at Pandia Health is happy to provide! We partner with licensed physicians in a number of states and work with most major insurance carriers.
Compared to other types of birth control, Xulane is more expensive. Without insurance, Xulane patch can cost around $165 per month. However, depending on your insurance provider you could pay as little as $5 per month, or even $0!
CAN XULANE PATCH CAUSE INFERTILITY?
It’s a myth that birth control rings like Xulane increase the risk of infertility. While it might take one or two cycles after stopping using Xulane patch for your fertility to be back to normal, using the patch won’t lead to long-term fertility problems. If and when you want to become pregnant, simply stop using Xulane patch.
Pandia Health CEO and Co-Founder Dr. Sophia Yen understand how important it is for women to be well-informed about their reproductive health. Learn more about infertility and birth control with Dr. Yen in this video.