i have been on the patch before, but stopped due to crazy mood swings. i started the patch again on the day i was expected to start my period.. three days later it still was a no show. i took two home pregnancy tests, both with a positive result.. will exposing the embryo to the patch risk losing the baby?
I realize this answer is a bit late and hope that your pregnancy is going along smoothly.
It's difficult to say whether the hormone from the patch will cause any harm. Ortho Evra (ethinyl estradiol/norelgestromin) has been assigned to pregnancy category X by the FDA. There is no indication for the use of hormonal contraceptive combinations during pregnancy. Although some reports have suggested that oral contraceptive hormones may cause a variety of congenital malformations, recent studies (including a meta-analysis of prospective studies) have suggested that an association between oral contraceptive use and congenital malformations does not exist. Some progestins may cause masculinization of female infants.
These are the possibilities but probably unlikely that it'll happen.
All the best.
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