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lemming
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One Color Contraceptive Does Not Fit All

This was seriously my first thought upon seeing the Ortho Evra contraceptive patch.

Basically, the article notes that the patch, which is advertised as a discreet alternative form of birth control, is offered only in one color: beige.

From the Ortho Evra web site:

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Is ORTHO EVRA available in different colors?

Currently, the ORTHO EVRA birth control patch is available only in one color, beige. Other colors, including a clear patch, are being evaluated for future development.

The J&J PRD, L.L.C. tested different patch colors, including a clear patch, for ORTHO EVRA. Beige was selected because it maintained its appearance best over the seven-day wear period.


Would the lack of colors available lead to you choose a different method of hormonal contraception?

Does this get under anyone else's skin? ;]

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Angel07
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i do think they should offer more colors other than just beigy peach! thats kindof racist, isnt it? to say that it blends with your skin tone-but only if your caucasian. if they are only going to have one color, they shouldnt advertise for it blending in well. but actually, i havent seen it so if its like the bandaid, it doesnt really blend with my skin anyway! if they are going to use color blending as a feature to make it more appealing, they should make it in a variety of colors for different people, no matter your skin tone. or just make it one color~clear. i dont think they should choose beige as the "best" because it blends the best when in reality, it doesnt really blend to caucasian skin tones (in my experience) and it wont blend with other skin tones either! thats just what i think.
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LilBlueSmurf
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I'd want mine in neon pink.

You're not going to wear it on your forehead, are you? You don't match your underwear and bras w/ your skin tone all the time, why should any other piece of 'underclothes' be any different?


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Hmm, that is quite interesting. I'll have to confess that I honestly didn't realize that the patch literally was beige. Either I wasn't paying enough attention, or was having a brain-fart or something. I assumed it was clear for some odd reason.

Which, I think would be a fabulous idea. A clear patch would match up with everybody. And, I think it might be snazzy if they offered some with some sort of artsy design on them (or offered you the option of putting personalized art on them...probably asking a bit much, but it'd be neat anyway).

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Heather
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I don't think the issue is so much that it doesn't match or shouldn't match, Smurf.

It's that in its advertising it is stating that it DOES match "your skin tone", when in fact what it matches is one clearly caucasian skin tone. And that is essentially racist.

It'd be like if I were, say, a college who claimed that my tuition was afforable "for you," when it was afforadble to only the upper 10% of residents and you were the lower 10%. That'd be classist.

In the case of birth control it gets especially sticky because in a lot of cases, scenarios and communities, birth control overall IS more accessible to certain classes and races than others, and tends often to be marketed to a very specific class/race as well more times than not.

(I agree, Kitten, that'd be fun as well -- but. I think the patch is going to be limited as-is because all too many people, sadly, would not want anyone in the world to know they're using contraceptives. having it be pink or having a butterfly on it doesn't exactly scream "blend.")


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i never made a fuss about Band-Aids, and likewise, i don't really see a point in making a fuss over the color of Ortho-Evra. For one thing, i never met anyone who remotely matched the "skin" color of the fabric on the bandage. It's not worth it to me to change the color of the patch if it means that the quality will be sacrificed. for example, i buy ugly fabric bandages because the cutesy plastic ones don't stick as comfortably. meh. if they can make a clear patch that works i won't object. but i think it is excessive to make so many shade to match everybody. it's not makeup, you're going to hide the thing anyway.

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LilBlueSmurf
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Then i think the problem falls w/ the advertising, not the product itself.

At the same time tho, they also advertise putting in places that aren't likely to be seen anyway. You're supposed to wear it on your bottom, hip, tummy ... somewhere so it's not going to be seen. If you're not going to see it, why does it matter what colour it is?


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Heather
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I'd agree with you Smurf. It seems to essentially be a marketing issue/error on their part.

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Of course, Smurf, if you require birth control, it's likely that someone's going to see it no matter where you put it.

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lemming
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I picked up, too, on the idea that the writer brought up: I think it's be pretty awesome if they offered it in different designs.

As for people wanting it to be discreet, look at the new pill packs being offered by Ortho: they're Nicole Miller-designed, with pictures of lipsticks and high heels - a far cry from the nasty pink Dialpaks you get free.

I can Mod-Podge my Dialpak, but I wouldn't want to do anything to the patch by myself.

I think they need clear to start with, and then some sort of snazzy design. Then everyone could be satisfied.

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LilBlueSmurf
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Hey i have nothing against it being seen!

For those who do tho, here's to hoping that they've had the birth control discussion w/ their partner(s) and he'll know what it's all about. If not, the colour of the patch isn't your only/biggest problem ...


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Hey, I remember the era of clear Band-Aids, and those things got damn grubby and icky looking. And no, I've never seen a 'flesh-tone' anything that looked like anyone I've ever seen. Changing the advertising, and making the patches available in, say 'neutral', and something fun like leopard print seems about the best idea.

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If you ask me they should just make it look like a big bandaid, then if anyone sees it who you don't want to, you have a good excuse.
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I remember seeing something about the patch before and for some reason assumed they were either clear or came in a few shades. I agree that advertising them as "blending in" wasn't a great idea on their part.

I'd go for a clear or slightly opaque one. I'm freckled so it's gonna stand out otherwise Although, I think being able to get them in designs would be kind of fun too.


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Sorry, but can I ask how many caucasian people are "beige".


As an extremely pale person I feel discriminated against! :P


Smoking patches are beige or clear, band aids are, this isn't a big deal..

I mean, how can they service everyone and guarantee that there is a colour for every skin tone. Even if they did release a dark coloured patch for people of different ethnic groups.


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