You can start the birth control patch at any time in your cycle. If you start on the first five days of your period, you have immediate protection; otherwise, you should use a backup method of birth control, like condoms or abstinence from vaginal sex, until you've been on the patch for seven days.
You can start the birth control patch at any time in your cycle. If you're not starting on one of the first five days of your period, be sure to use a backup method of birth control (like condoms or avoiding vaginal sex) until you've worn the patch for seven days.Yes, but it won't be effective immediately. For that first cycle, you should use a back up method of birth control, like condoms or abstinence from vaginal sex, for the first seven days.
The birth control patch is a combined hormonal birth control method. Instead of taking a pill, you apply a patch to the skin. The medication is absorbed by the skin, and you change the patch once a week for three weeks. On the fourth week, you wear no patch and have a withdrawal bleed, similar to a period. The next week, you start the cycle again. The effectiveness is comparable to the birth control pill, except that it's harder to make mistakes since the patient needs to do something weekly instead of daily.
If you start the birth control pill on schedule, no later than the day on which you would have started the next cycle of the birth control patch, you are protected during the switch. If you were late in starting the pill, you may not have protection until you've taken the pill correctly for seven days.
It's convenient to start the birth control pill, patch, ring, injection, IUD, or implant on the day your period starts, as you then have immediate protection; however, it's not strictly necessary. If you're talking about taking birth control after you've been on it a while, you should take your birth control as scheduled regardless of vaginal bleeding.
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