Using the patch for birth control

Health Educator, Minerva Cano, shares advice on how to use the patch for birth control, including what women it is most effective for and how to properly use it
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Using the patch for birth control

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The patch is another form of hormonal method. Basically, it looks kind of like a band-aide. It adheres on to the body, and once it's on the body, it gets absorbed through the pores of the skin. What we like to say is this particular patch will go on the body, anywhere on the hips or the arm, but it can't go anywhere near the breast or the armpits. One week, on the shoulder, one week on the hip, then the third week, maybe the other hip. The fourth week that person starts their period. This particular method doesn't work well for individuals who are over 195 pounds, but it is a good one for someone who forgets to take their pill. They can go swimming with it. They can exercise with it. It should stay on their body with no problems whatsoever.

Health Educator, Minerva Cano, shares advice on how to use the patch for birth control, including what women it is most effective for and how to properly use it

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Minerva Cano

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Minerva Cano has served as a Health Educator in the Parent and Adult Program at Planned Parenthood, Los Angeles since 2010. Prior to joining Planned Parenthood, Minerva directed an elementary school family resource center for 10 years. There she helped families obtain the necessary resources for their chlidren to excel in school. 

As a mother of two, Minerva understands the importance of parent-child communication, particularly in the area of sexuality, puberty and relationships. As a memeber of Planned Parenthood's Parent and Adult Health Education team, Minerva and her colleagues work every day to help parents gain the knowledge and confidence they need to engage their children in these important converstations. Through presentations in homes, schools, churches, temples and community oraginizations parents are taught how to answer their children's questions openly and honestly. 
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