Hi, I'm 16 years old, and i'm using the Ortha Evra contraceptive patch. I got a prescription to the birth control maybe a month or two ago. I still have a lot of questions about the birth control. How long does it take for the birth control to be effective? I heard if you put it on the first 24 hours of your menstration cycle, you will have immediate protection. Does it work immediately if you put it on 2-3 days after you start your period? When I was at the gynecologist for the first time, I went on my period and she told me it would work when I put it on my period (even though my cycle was almost over) but I read online differently. Me and my boyfriend had unprotected sex a few days after I put a new patch on? Will I be okay? I am due this week. I took my patch of on Tuesday. I am having a little spotting. Does that mean I'll get my period soon?
The purpose of all this timing is to be sure you're safe. If the doc told you that, you should be safe. If you're spotting you're getting ready for your period. Your periods may be lighter and/or shorter. The patch will lessen the amount of uterine lining you produce and this is what you "bleed"
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