I've been taking ortho evra for a couple years now and it has been great. I've never had a problem until yesterday. I took off my first weeks patch in the shower on my day to start week twos patch which was saturday. Well I forgot to put it on when I got out, Monday I remembered so I put it on. Tuesday morning I went to the bathroom and every thing was normal, about 20 minutes later I had to go again and I was bleeding! But it wasn't normal period, it was very clotted and gross. Today Im still bleeding but there's still clots, which isn't normal for me. Is it because I forgot to put my patch on?? Do I need to be concerned? And do I need to take off my patch or just leave it on??
When you leave your patch off, the hormone levels drop and your body thinks it is time for a withdrawal bleed (like it does when you are on your patch free week) Keep your patch on. You will need to use back up protection (condoms) or abstain until you have had your patch on for a full seven days. If the patch was off more than a few hours in the weeks prior to the "patch off" week, you could ovulate so that is why you will want to use back up. You could get pregnant. Bleeding isnt a concern, just more of an inconvenience but it IS a concern that ovulation was possible so be sure to take precautions and either abstain or use condoms as back up! Birth control is very effective but it has to be used properly. If you dont use it properly, you risk mistakes. Set an alarm on your cell to remind you to replace your patch, put a sticky note on the bathroom mirror or whatever you have to do to remember until you can do it by rote, like brushing your teeth or taking a shower. Birth control needs to be made into a habit.
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