I thought I would post a link to this article about the patch: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/11/11/earlyshow/health/health_news/main1037611.shtml I used it for just over a year, and was told that it was just like the pill. It turns out that patch users are exposed to more estrogen and studies are showing that patch users are 3x more likely to have blood clots/strokes. If I had known about the extra risks, I don't think I would have used it. It is a little more convenient, but then again, the patch is sometimes uncomfortable. In my opinion, the benefits don't outweigh the extra risk. I'm glad I stopped using it when I did. I thought I would let others know about it in case you haven't heard.