The ortho evra patch IS convenient. And it didn't give me any horrendous physical or emotional side effects as I have experienced on various birth control pills, but it was not side effect free by any means. However, probably the worst side effect was I bled for two months straight (using the patch as directed), which ended up causing me to faint in public (very embarrassing) and I received a mild concussion. The patch contains 60% more estrogen than other birth control methods (because it must pass through the skin) so if you are sensitive to estrogen, DO NOT use the patch. See if your provider can insert a low cost IUD instead.