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I have been on Ortho Evra Patch for almost 5 years. I like it because its convenient and easy to remember. However, I just don't like when I get my period. Before I started on BC, my periods lasted no more than 3 days. Now they last 4-6 days (usually 5 days). So I am thinking I want to change my BC to where my period my not last so long or might not occur but only a few times a month. Any suggestions?
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Truthfully, how any one person's body works with hormonal bc varies greatly.The best thing to do, ideally, would be to get in to see your doctor and discuss this with them. They can help you make the best informed decision based on your own personal health history. But know that they won't really be able to predict how your body will react.

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I want to also add that you will really only have so much control over this with most methods, unless you pick or use a method that suppresses your periods outright (like using pills or a ring to suppress, or using a Mirena IUD).

This change also may have less to do with your birth control and more to do with your getting-older body.

Since it can often take a lot of work to try and find a method we feel good about and good with, if you feel like this is a great fit for you in every other way, I'd be wary of trying to switch for something that is really a relatively minor issue, and basically gives you a period still shorter than average for most women.

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