My patch change day is Sunday but my patch fell off friday. This is the last patch before my patch free week so am I still protected for those two days
I have to respectively disagree with Kaismama, I would advise that you go ahead and put a new patch on and skip this months week off. Adjust your patch day schedule to today. Since it fell off for two days, you will likely bleed or spot anyway. Here are the instructions for if your patch falls off early (see****):
WHAT IF THE PATCH BECOMES LOOSE OR FALLS OFF?
The patch must stick securely to the skin to work properly. If the Ortho Evra patch becomes partially or completely detached and remains detached, insufficient drug delivery occurs. The woman should not try to reapply a patch if it is no longer sticky, if it has become stuck to itself or another surface, or if it has other material stuck to it.
If a patch edge lifts up:
The woman should press down firmly on the patch with the palm of her hand for 10 seconds, making sure that the whole patch adheres to her skin. She should run her fingers over the entire surface area to smooth out any "wrinkles" around the edges of the patch.
If her patch does not stick completely, she should remove it and apply a replacement patch.
She should not tape or wrap the patch to her skin or reapply a patch that is partially adhered to clothing.
If the patch has been off or partially off:
For less than 1 Day, she should try to reapply it. If the patch does not adhere completely, she should apply a new patch immediately. (No backup contraception is needed and her Patch Change Day will stay the same).
********For more than 1 Day or if she is not sure for how long, she may not be protected from pregnancy. To reduce this risk, she should apply a new patch and start a new 4-week cycle. She will now have a new Patch Change Day and MUST USE NON-HORMONAL BACKUP CONTRACEPTION (such as a condom and spermicide or diaphragm and spermicide) for the first week of her new cycle.
- Ortho Evra Information for Consumers
- Ortho Evra Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Ortho Evra (detailed)
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