Ortho Evra is a birth control patch approved for use in the United States as an alternative to 'the pill'. It is applied to the skin and releases synthetic estrogen and progestin hormones to prevent pregnancy.
However, this method of birth control has been associated with an especially high risk of blood clots. This is true even in populations thought to be at lower risk for such events. A number of women in their late teens and early twenties have died from blood clots or survived life-threatening strokes and other clot-related problems after being prescribed Ortho Evra.