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How effective is the birth control patch?

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2013-03-06 01:53:27
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Fewer than one out of every 100 women who use Ortho Evra will become pregnant with perfect use.--from Planned Parenthood website

the birth control patch must be applied within the first 24 hours of starting your period or you must use back up contraception.

The short answer is "little chance."

HOWEVER, this is assuming that the patch is used exactly as prescribed and is used correctly. KEEP in mind that a birth control patch is like birth contol pills: they are 98%-99% effective, and they DO NOT protect either one of you from STD's-sexually transmitted disease.

To be extra safe from pregnancy or disease you really should use something else WITH the patch. CONDOMS are probably the best choice, but if you WILL NOT use one, I have another suggestion. There are little suppositories that goes in the girl's vagina about 15 minutes before sex. You don't need a prescription, they are in the pharmacy section. They melt in the girls vagina and prevent pregnancy also. PLUS, they have Nonoxyl-9 in them that also kills AIDS virus. One brand name is ENCARE. There are also other brands. Like I said CONDOMS are THE BEST bet, but if you absolutely won't use one, at least use something like Encare. Look on the box to make sure it has Nonxyl-9. Be SAFE.

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Failure rates (first year)Perfect use≈1%Typical use≈1-2%

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no, me and my gf r having our 1st child. she OS 6 wks. prego and she was using the birth control patch and has been for the past 2 yrs.
No, the patch should be regulated into your body by now.
If used correctly, about 98%.
Birth control only protects you 98% against pregnancy. There is still a 2% risk of conceiving while on Birth control.

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The birth control patch was approved by the FDA in 1992.

Both are advertised as 99% effective against pregnancy. However, the patch is advertised as being more apt to cause blood clots in women, particularly those who smoke and/or over age of 35.

Yes, early removel of the birth control patch may cause an early or late period. Since you weren't using effective birth control, take a pregnancy test if your period is late.

Yes, you can swim if you're on the birth control patch.

Yes, the birth control patch is a hormonal method

Yes, stopping the birth control patch can cause spotting. Your period should return to its previous pattern within one or two cycles. If you have not been using effective birth control and are experiencing spotting, take a pregnancy test.

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There are no known drug interactions between acetaminophen and the birth control patch

There are no known drug interactions between penicillin and the birth control patch.

There are no known drug interactions between dextromethorphan and the birth control patch

There are no known drug interactions between ciprofloxacin and the birth control patch.

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There are no known drug interactions between Concerta and the birth control patch.

There are no known drug interactions between klonopin and the birth control patch.

Yes, you can put on the birth control patch during your period.

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No, you can't reuse a birth control patch. When you remove a patch, whether on time or early, you should discard it as it is of no use.

Normally you would start the birth control patch on the day you were scheduled to start the next pack of pills.


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