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Is it normal to skip the first period after using the patch?


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2012-03-08 04:23:30
2012-03-08 04:23:30

It may not be normal but it isn't uncommon. The same thing happened to me and I was not pregnant. My doctor told me sometimes this happens the first month as your body is adjusting to the patch or pill. If you are really worried, take a pregnancy test, even if just to make you feel at ease as stress can also delay or prevent a period.

AnswerDon't worry you're not the only one out there who skipped a day or so after the patch, but if it will comfort you then a pregnency test could ease the stress.


After my first three weeks, I was 9 days late on my period. But it finally came. It was my first time using the patch. It's only your body changing and still adapting. I say it is normal to be late. And I read somewhere that it's also normal to miss it altogether.


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Of course it's diffrent for everyone. The first time I used the patch my first period on the patch lasted almost 2 weeks, and my doctor said that was nothing to be worried about. But after going off and back on the patch my first period on the patch was nonexistant, which my doctor also said was normal. So it all depends on your body, and how it reacts and how much time it needs to ajust to this bombardment of hormoines.

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WHEN TO START If this is the first time you are using ORTHO EVRA, wait until the day you get your menstrual period. The day you apply your patch will be Day 1. Your "Patch Change Day" will be on this day every week. You may choose a "First Day Start" or a "Sunday Start" as defined below: First Day Start: Apply your first patch during the first 24 hours of your period, which will be considered your "Patch Change Day." If the Patch is not applied within the first 24 hours of your period, you must use back-up contraception, such as a condom, spermicide or a diaphragm, for the first week of patch use. Sunday Start: Apply your first patch on the first Sunday after your menstrual period starts

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If you have been using BCP, put on your first patch the day you would have started your next packet of pills. Otherwise either the first day of your period or the Sunday following the first day of your period.

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It's not unusual to have unscheduled bleeding in the first three months of use of the birth control patch. After that, bleeding with the patch on is unusual, but doesn't mean that the patch isn't working as long as you've been using it correctly. If this bleeding recurs, see your health care provider for an exam.

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Your period may last longer than the patch-free week. Continue using the patch as scheduled, regardless of bleeding.

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