I just started using the Patch yesterday (Monday) and so far so good! However, I have some questions. The Doc told me to wait 7 days before going condom-less, meaning that I would be able to have unprotected sex next Monday. I just wanna know if you ladies waited exactly 7 days or did you wait a little longer? Last question, you're supposed to wear the patch for three weeks, then on the fourth week take it off for your period. My question is, is the patch still effective against pregnancy after an entire week not wearing it? Do you ladies ever wait a couple days after your period week to have unprotected sex? Sorry, these questions may seem elementary, but I'm new to this.Thank you in advance!
You need to wait at least 7 days to have unprotected sex. You can wait longer if you wish. You cannot decrease the length of time you wait. These are all questions your dr should have answered. Yes you are protected the patch free week as long as you used the patches the previous 3weeks. You do not have to wait for unprotected sex after a patch free week. I want to add. The patch free week is never longer then 7 days. Your change day will be the same day and time as you started it. So you will put it on on the same day, and take it off the same day. You never ever extend that week. If you don't get your period in the 7 days you put a new patch on and go on. You do not wait longer then the 7 days.
Oh, also, you don't ovulate when on hormonal birth control.
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