Patient :Hi I take the evra patch on a 6 weekly basis. I wear the patch for 6 weeks and change on a Wednesday before having my break week. We'll iv worn 3 patches then yesterday put a new one on for my week 4.. its now thursday of the same week and I wanted to have my withdrawal bleed this weekend which I know is safe to do.my question is if I take this patch off that I have had on for 1 day plus the 3 weeks worth am i still protected. My skin has not been without a patch for 3 weeks and 1 day..
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Ideally an evra patch is to be used continuously from the day 1 of the cycle or the withdrawal bleed continuously and then a 7 day break for the withdrawal bleed. As you have been using it continuously on a 6 weekly basis without fail then there are chances of breakthrough bleed that you may experience in the middle.
However, as of now if you have completed your 3 weeks and into your 4th week already and desire your withdrawal bleed, then you can simply take the patch of and wait for the withdrawal bleed.You stand protected indeed if you had started the patch from day 1 of the previous cycle. Wait for the withdrawal to start and if it doesn't occur for 7 days, then do a pregnancy test to rule out pregnancy and if negative then start the next cycle with a fresh patch. Do not allow more than 7 days to pass before starting your next 3-week patch cycle.
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Wishing you good health,
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