Birth Control Patch

The birth control patch is a hormonal method of contraception obtained through prescription. It is a thin, beige square patch placed directly on the skin of a woman. The patch releases synthetic progestin and estrogen hormones through the skin into the bloodstream.

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When does the birth control patch become effective?

If you start the birth control patch during the first 24 hours of your period, you have immediate protection. If you start the first patch at any other time, you should use a backup method, like condoms or abstinence from vaginal sex, until you've worn the patch for seven days.

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When can you get pregnant after stopping the birth control patch?

After stopping the birth control patch, you are likely to ovulate in two to four weeks and will get your period in four to six weeks. That means you can get pregnant before your first post-patch period. You can start trying to conceive any time you like. While health care providers used to advise patients to use a barrier method for 1-3 months, this recommendation was to make it easier to figure out how long you've been pregnant, not because of any increased risk of miscarriage or other problems if you get pregnant immediately after stopping hormonal birth control. With the use of ultrasound, that waiting period is no longer recommended.
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Dear Reader; The patch is close to the pill in effect. A couple days without it and protection is greatly diminished or gone. In other words yes you could be. Dwight

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When do you get your period after stopping birth control?

I have only been on birth control for a month (Ocella), it made me nausea and tired all the time. also very bad mood swings. While on the pill I had my period for 26/28 days. Since stopping the pill, however, I have yet to actually get my period back. I have read that it can take 1-3 months after stopping the pill to start ovulating and getting your period back to normal. Does this still happen for people who have only taken the pill for 1 month? I am only a week late than I usually am. My face has broken out, I have lower back pain, and breast tenderness, all my normal menstrual symptoms, just without the period!
i was on the pill for 4 yrs, as soon as i stopped taking the pill i had a period.i have had regular and on time periods since. But i do think it varies with each individual. Hope this helps
I was on Depo-Provera for 9 months. It's been 3 months since I stopped using it for birth control and I haven't gotten a period yet.

Not having to worry about taking birth control daily did not make up for the side-effects I endured (thinning hair and a 70-pound weight gain). My doctor has told me that it could take up to a year to get a normal period.
It can take anywhere from a few days to a week or more. If it takes too long to arrive, you may want to talk to your gynecologist.
After you stop the pill, patch, or ring, you typically have some withdrawal bleeding. If you don't start the next pack, your body will get ready to ovulate again. If your periods were regular before using the pill, patch, or ring, you will probably get a period 4-6 weeks after your withdrawal bleeding. If they were irregular before using hormonal birth control, you'll probably go back being irregular.
Not necessarily. You may start your period early or spot. However, you should start your period at the usual time with no problems. If there are any problems, call your doctor.
Yes you may get longer, heavier periods. Until your body gets back to it's usual function minus the birth control there is a good chance your period will be effected.
if you have been on birth control for years then it can take 3-6 months to straighten out good luck
It can take anything from 4 weeks to a year for birth control toleave your body it depends on your system

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I have been taking the pill for over 10 years, and stopped taking just over 10 weeks ago. I still havent got my first normal period! and have taken 3 preg tests so it cant be that! we are being careful anyway. does anyone know how long is normal until you get your first normal period after stopping the pill? Thanks.

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I stopped taking the pill and my period didn't come back straight away either. I googled it and heard anything up to 3 months was normal, so I waited 3 months before going to my doctor. At 3 months, my doctor did some hormone blood tests (they came back showing my hormone levels were normal, but if they were abnormal she would have prescribed medication) and told me that everyone is different. Some girls get their period the very next day, most get it within 3 months, but its still normal to have to wait up to 12 months. She told me to come back at the 6 month mark for more blood tests if I still hadn't gotten my period.

6 months to the day, I got my period. Glad that's over and done with!

If you haven't already done so, you should go to your doctor for a checkup and blood tests, but also know that it is within normal boundaries until you hit the 12 month mark.

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Within a month.

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Every one is different but for me, I just got off birth control - i only took it for 4 days because it made me so sick -and what do u know --2 days later I'm on my period again and it's so weird cause i just got off my period 2 weeks ago.

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I was taking birth control for years. I stopped taking them second week on a Saturday and It came exactly one week later.When I was suppose to get it.

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I have been on BCP for 8 years and stopping taking it in January about 11 months ago. I had irregular periods for about 8 months but havn't gotten my period since August, 3 months. I too have taken pregnancy tests and all are negative and always use condoms with my boyfriend. I'm getting a little nervous about going 3 months but sinc eyou posted 12 months can happen I am set at ease a little.
I stopped taking cerazette 10 weeks ago and I still haven't had a period. I spoke to my doctor and she said it can vary from person to person and can take anything from 3 months to a year to return!

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Does birth control affect the accuracy of a pregnancy test?

Hormonal birth control (such as the pill) does not affect the accuracy of blood or urine pregnancy tests. Pregnancy tests measure a hormone (hCG) only present in pregnancy.

To ensure the best results: * Take the test in the morning, if possible, because your hCG (pregnancy hormone) levels are at it's highest * Don't drink a bunch of fluids before taking the test because it will dilute your urine and can affect the results * Take the test no more than 1 day before expected period. Although some test say that you can see results up to 5 days before your missed period, the percentage of accuracy is very low. * urinate for as long as possible on the foam-like strip * Check the results in the window frame of time suggested by the instructions of the pregnancy test

While it depends upon the sensitivity of the specific test, most home urine pregnancy tests (sensitive to 25 mIU) will turn positive about 13-16 days after conception. If you were not on oral contraceptives, this would mean about the time of the first missed menses. When you are on oral contraceptives, ovulation could have occurred at more irregular times so that all you can say is if the pregnancy test is negative, you are either not pregnant or are less than about 14 days pregnant from ovulation.

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What If you miss three birth control pills?

If you miss three birth control pills, you may have some bleeding (as if it's the end of your pack) and the timing of your next period may be off. If that's the case, take a pregnancy test no sooner than 10 days after the last intercourse. Follow the directions that match your pill type: If you're on a combination pill with 30 or 35 mcg of estrogen

  • If you missed three or more active pills, or started the pack three days late, or had sex before you had taken seven pills during your very first pack, be sure to take additional steps to prevent pregnancy. Use the morning after pill if you already had sex. Use condoms or abstain from vaginal sex until you've taken the pill correctly for seven days in a row (after levonorgestrel) or fourteen days in a row (after ulipristal). If you're in the last week (days 15-21) of active pills, don't skip a week (Days 22-28 or use inactive pills), go straight to the new pill packet - again 7 pills in 7 days after Plan B or Next Choice, and 14 pills in 14 days after ella.

If you're on a combination pill with 20 mcg of estrogen or less

  • If you missed two or more active pills, or started the pack two days late, or had sex before you had taken seven pills during your very first pack, be sure to take additional steps to prevent pregnancy. Use the morning after pill if you already had sex. Use condoms or abstain from vaginal sex until you've taken the pill correctly for seven days in a row (if you took levnorgestrel emergency contraception) or fourteen days in a row (if you took ulipristal). If you're in the last week (days 15-21) of active pills, don't skip a week (Days 22-28 or use inactive pills), go straight to the new pill packet - again 7 pills in 7 days after levonorgestrel, or 14 pills in 14 days after ulipristal.

If you're on the progesterone-only pill

  • Consider using the morning after pill if you're late with your pill by more than three hours. Use a backup method until you've taken two pills in two days (after levonorgestrel) or 14 pills in 14 days (if you took ulipristal for emergency contraception).
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How effective is the birth control patch?

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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Does Topamax affect birth control?

If you're taking more than 200 mg of Topamax, it could make the birth control pill, ring, or patch less effective.

Topamax does not affect how well Depo Provera, the IUD, or condoms work.

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What are the side effects of stopping birth control?

When you stop hormonal birth control other than Depo Provera, you can expect to have a withdrawal bleed just as you do at the end of each birth control cycle. After that, you'll ovulate in two to four weeks and get a period in four to six weeks. As your body starts ovulating again, you may notice typical symptoms of the menstrual cycle, such as cramping, bloating, breast tenderness, and ovulatory cervical mucus. Your period is likely to be heavier and crampier than it was on hormonal birth control. If your birth control method contained estrogen, you might have an increase in headaches in the first few weeks as the estrogen level drops.

If you're stopping an IUD, you may have spotting for a day or so at the time of removal. If you were on Paragard, you can expect your period at the usual time without interruption, and it may be a little lighter and less crampy than when you were on Paragard. The side effects of stopping Mirena are more like those of stopping other hormonal birth control methods.

After stopping Depo Provera, your next period will come between one and eighteen months, with an average wait of eleven months. When your body starts to cycle again, you may note the side effects noted above for other hormonal birth control methods.
In terms of your overall health, it makes little difference when you stop taking the pill. When you finally do stop the pill, you can expect some bleeding, which may change the rhythm of your menstrual cycle.

Years ago, it was thought that prolonged use of birth control pills would interfere with a woman's subsequent ability to conceive a pregnancy after stopping the pill. But this has been shown to be false. Women who had regular menstrual cycles before starting the pill return to having regular menstrual cycles when they stop the pill. Women who had irregular menstrual cycles before starting the pill usually return to having irregular menstrual cycles. Some evidence suggests that prolonged use of birth control pills increases your risk of certain cancers, such as cervical cancer and liver cancer. But it also decreases your risk of other types of cancer, including ovarian cancer and endometrial cancer. If you have concerns about your cancer risk from birth control pills, discuss them with your doctor.

FAQ: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/birth-control-pill/WO00098 There are ALOT of side effects...headaches, nausea, cramps, fatigue, alot! Similar to pregnancy symptoms...alot of mood swings as well. Its supposed to get better within time...but im goin nuts! Was on it for 5 years and got off over a month ago....on the plus side, my sex drive is through the roof!!
Your periods will be very irregular and different in color. This will accure for a while, just how long depends on your physical and chemical makeup.

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Can you get your period while the birth control patch is on?

I just began using the patch and I started bleeding in the third week. The doctor said it was not a problem, I had just started the process in the middle of my cycle and my body might take a while to adjust.
Dear Reader; Read the lable. Some meds are made to prevent ovulation and menstruation and some to prevent ovulation only. Ovulation can happen but it is not likely. Dwight

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When do you get your period after stopping the birth control patch?

When you stop the birth control patch, you will probably have withdrawal bleeding, as you typically have during your patch-free week. After that, if you had regular periods before you started the patch, you'll probably ovulate in two to four weeks, and get your first post-patch period in four to six weeks. You can get pregnant before your first period after stopping the patch.

If your periods were irregular before the patch, they're likely to return to that irregular habit after you stop.

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Does cipro affect the birth control patch?

No, there's no problem in taking those 2 drugs at the same time.

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Can the birth control patch cause breast tendernesss?

Breast tenderness is a common side effect when starting the birth control pill, patch, or ring. It usually goes away within three months.

If you have made any mistake with your birth control method, or have missed a period, it makes sense to take a pregnancy test to make sure that's not the cause of the breast tenderness.

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Is there any form of birth control that has no side effects?

Abstinence Periodic planning... which is measuring your Basal Body Temperature to find out when you're ovulating and to avoid sex during that time frame. It's the method that women use to get pregnant, but can also be used in reverse to prevent pregnancy. Takes a lot of devotion and self-control. When doing this, still always use a condom. Condoms, cap (unless you are allergic) and 'natural' family planning. See the web link.

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Is it OK to stop taking birth control only after trying it for 2 months?

You can stop birth control whenever you like.

If you've been using hormonal birth control then you will experience irregular bleeding and possibly other symptoms as your body adjusts, it takes time for hormones to regulate and your menstrual cycles to return to normal after you stop hormonal birth control. Do bare in mind that when you stop birth control you will no longer be protected during sex, thus you need to either abstain from sex or use another form of birth control. Your body is your own, you make choices about what medications to put into it so it is up to you whether you stop taking birth control.



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Can the birth control patch cause miscarriage?

I had a similar issue! After being on the patch for 4 years I went off right before my wedding. I had irregular period for months one of which included passing what I can only explain as a very small firm red sack that I assume was a fetus. It took a year of trying in total before I got pregnant and very quickly started bleeding and assumed I was miscarrying again. We went to the hospital and had tests and ultrasounds that confirmed a heartbeat and just assumed I was having a period. I spent the next 13 weeks bleeding regularly despite being seen regulary by an OBGYN and a specialist every 2 weeks. They could not explain it or help it. At 18 weeks I began to pass blood clots the size of clementines and I was placed on hospital bedrest where I continued to bleed consistantly until 20 weeks when my baby died in utero. It wasn't until my 6 week post partum visit that I was told they assumed it was placenta previa. I have never undertsood why an office of OBGYN's and specialists couldn't diagnosis before that point. I still to this day don't think that's what it was. I think there was a relation to the patch being used for an extended period of time.
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Can you start the birth control patch before your next period starts?

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.

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When should you start using the birth control patch?

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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What happens if you start your next packet of birth control pills during the 7 day break?

If you automatically go to the next pack instead of taking your placebo pills, you will avoid getting your period, which is a very common practice. Just remember - if your doctor wrote for 1 pack/month, you may "refill too soon" next month if you are skipping that last week, and your insurance might not pay for your pills.

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How long does the birth control patch stay in your system?

My doctor had told me that you take off the patch it may take 3 months to a year for the hormones to leave your body. however, every womans body is different. you may be able to get pregnant a month after you take it off. it all really depends.
Hi, It takes 3 months for all contraceptive medication to be completely erradicated from your system.

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Can the birth control patch cause a missed period?

When you're using hormonal birth control (like the patch, pill, ring, shot, or hormonal IUD), the birth control can lighten up the amount of bleeding so much that you only see spotting, or see no period at all. If you're having symptoms of pregnancy like breast tenderness, nausea, or fatigue, you might take a pregnancy test. If you've made a mistake using your birth control method in the last month, you should definitely take a pregnancy test. If you are feeling well otherwise, and have used the method correctly, there is no need for concern.

If you find this absence of withdrawal bleeding worrisome, you can talk with your health care provider about other birth control options more likely to give you monthly bleeding.

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My period started on the 18th of every month when am i ovulating?

There is no way to know for sure, because a month is 28-31 days long. So your cycle is not perfectly regular or you would have a different start day each month. Generally speaking, you are probably ovulating about 14 days after the start of your period. You might find this information helpful: http://www.babycenter.com/expert/preconception/gettingpregnant/1460117.html

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

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.

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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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Could you be pregnant if you're on the patch and it hasn't fallen off but you're having symptoms of pregnancy?

there is always the possibility because there is a difference in the effective rate (posted on the box) and typical use. If you are in doubt: get a test and check. Many tests can be accurate not too long after conception. If you are having questions then it might be long enough to tell. If you are positive: discontinue the patch and go see your dr. If you are having other issues (bleeding, cramps, etc) go see the dr. The piece of mind is well worth it. The piece of mind? Oh please. Who is answering these questions? Just to let yall know, I have been using the patch for two months. I have changed it the same day of the week every month just like it said, and I am now pregnant. So I'm not sure those figures are quite accurate. I certainly wouldn't be too trustworthy.

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Can you get pregnant if you are on the patch but you forgot to start a new patch for that week and had unprotected sex?

Yes you can become pregnant if you have forgotten to change the patch on your patch change day. If you forgot 1-2 days after your patch change day and you put the patch on immediately when you remember, you are okay. But any longer than 2 (3 or more) days you must use a back-up contraceptive to protect from becoming pregnant and the day you put on the forgotten patch is your new patch change day. If you have had unprotected sex in the during the end of the 2nd day and so on, you have a real good chance of being pregnant and should go see your doctor to get tested.

I would think that you could get pregnant. I want to get pregnant but the bf doesn't right now! I figure if I don't change my patch I could get pregnant.

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How long should you wait to get pregnant after stopping the birth control patch?

No. It's a noted fact that if women are on any type of birth control (pill form or the patch) that if you stop taking it you are much more likely to get pregnant quickly. Don't worry! Talk to your family doctor about it and put your mind at rest.

Congratulations! Marcy

The reason they say to wait is so that it is easier to pinpoint the due date...Best of luck! :):)

You can get pregnant immediately, if you ovulate it is safe to conceive. You may want to wait until you have had one period so you know when your LMP is although with modern ultrasounds it is not really necessary.

Hello there.

Doctors usually advise women to wait between one and three months to conceive after stopping birth control pills.

My doctor told me to wait two mentrual cycles before trying to conceive.

No, you can get pregnant immediately after using the birth control patch without any special medical concerns.

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