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The patch is used to prevent pregnancy. It looks like a bandage. It gives you a regular dose of the hormones estrogen and progestin.
The patch comes in packs of three. You change the patch once a week for 3 weeks and then go without a patch for 1 week. During this week, you have your period. One pack provides birth control for 1 month. You may use the patch continuously, without stopping for a week each month. With this method, you won't have your period.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Always read the label for specific instructions, or call your doctor or nurse advice line. Here are some basic guidelines:
Call your doctor or nurse advice line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse advice line if:
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Current as of: August 2, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & RSURemoved & JoLynn Montgomery PA - Family Medicine
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