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Tashi
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I've been using the Patch since October, and I haven't really noticed this problem before.

When I have a patch on, it feels itchy, like there is something underneath the patch I need to scratch, but can't get at because, well, there's a patch there.

I always move my next patch to a different spot on my back, and I don't remember it being particularly itchy when I started using the birth control. Any ideas what the itching could be from/how I make it go away?

Thanks.

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Stephanie_1
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The best thing to do here would be to see if you can talk with your doctor about it. If you're finding it's itchy every time you're using it no matter where, may be you've having a reaction to the stuff they use to make it stick.

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Tashi
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I wondered that, but I'm not sure why I'm having a reaction to it now rather than when I first started. I would like to be able to continue using the Patch, because the method fits my schedule very well...I'm quite hesitant to switch to the Pill because I don't want to have to worry about missing a dose by a few hours and have effectiveness decrease. I haven't looked too much into other hormonal methods besides those two, but I will.
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Heather
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It could also be about your skin just being more sensitive right now, like if it's very dry, if you're having a reaction to something else, etc.

But no matter what, I'd agree, you want to check it with your doc. If it turns out you can't keep using the patch, you certainly have other options where you don't have to take something every day.

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