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I made an appointment with me Gynecologist that is coming up in 2 weeks in time. I have a few questions about the patch. I was currently on the pill but I have been forgetting to take it and it's hard to take it on a regular basis due to my busy schedule I have. I really need birth control, last time I relied on just condoms alone. I haven't been on any form of birth control for about 2 months now from everything gone on. I start a new pack and then I am good with it for about 3 days and then I forget to take it.

So, how does the patch work? How can a patch like help me be safer in sexual activity? Like, how can it get into my body the hormone?

Also, I had sex about 2 weeks ago and a condom was used, just at the time I was on my period. Is it possible for pregnancy to occur during a menstruation?

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Have you read our article about the Contraceptive Patch? If not, start there as it has some of the basic information you're looking for. Planned Parenthood also has a good page about the patch. You can also check out the product page for the Ortho Evra patch.

In short, the patch is kind of like a bandaid that has a special mix of the hormones and other compounds on its surface. It is absorbed through the skin and into your system from there.

Per your pregnancy risk question, as long as the condom was used properly for all contact and did not break/slip/otherwise fail, you should have been well protected from pregnancy.

Sarah Liz

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