You should always use Evorel Conti patches as directed by your clinician. Your prescriber will look to treat your symptoms starting with the lowest possible dose for the shortest period of time.
If you haven’t been using another form of HRT, you can start using the patches at any time.
If you are using another type of HRT, the day that you start using Evorel Conti patches is dependent on what specific HRT you’re using. If you’re unsure about this, speak to your clinician.
If you’re switching to Evorel Conti patches from a HRT treatment that gives you a withdrawal bleed, put an Evorel Conti patch on at the end of a treatment cycle, or 1 week after you finish using a HRT product.
The patches need to be changed twice a week to ensure that your body gets a consistent amount of hormones. Each patch is made up of enough hormones to last for several days.
Change your patch on the same two days every week. So one patch will be on for three days and the next on for four days. So if you apply your first patch on a Monday, apply a new patch on Thursday and then another patch on the following Monday. And so on.
You should start a new pack of Evorel Conti immediately after finishing one, without taking any breaks between patches.
There are combinations of different days written on the pack, and you can mark them on the pack to help you remember.
Apply the patch to a hairless area of skin below the waist. The majority of women choose to wear the patch on the thigh or bottom.
You should not:
- stick the patch on or near your breasts
- apply it over cuts, spots or wherever there is irritated skin
- use cream, moisturiser or talcum powder before applying the patch
- stick the patch on the same area of skin twice in a row
- put the patch under elasticated areas or a tight waistband
The patch can be worn beneath loose clothing. Apply it to clean, dry, cool skin immediately after opening the protective pouch. You should not use a patch if its protective pouch is already open.
Using the notches as a guide, tear along two edges of the pouch, and remove the patch.
With the protective backing pointing towards you, bend and peel off half of it. Avoid touching the sticky side, as it may not stick properly if you do.
Apply the open half of the patch to your skin. Then remove the backing that remains and press down the rest of the patch. Press the patch with your palm to ensure it’s firmly stuck down.
To remove the patch, peel an edge of the patch away from the skin smoothly. Fold the patch in half, so that the sticky side sticks to itself.
Dispose of the patch in household waste, out of the reach of children and pets. Avoid flushing used patches down the toilet.
You may find that some glue from the patch remains on your skin having removed it. You can use baby oil to get rid of this.