Hey, my friend has been on the "patch" for almost two years. This month she took it off and put it on another spot on her body. Now, she had sex without a condom and her period is now 11 days late. What could the chances be of her getting pregnant? How long would she have had to be off the patch in order to get pregnant? Thanks so much, im just so worried about her. Thanks again
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Do you mean that she removed the patch just to move it to a new location? So the patch was off for a matter of minutes? Straight from the Ortho Evra (maker of the patch) Patient Info: "If your patch has become loose or has fallen off… • for less than one day, try to re-apply it or apply a new patch immediately. No back-up contraception is needed. Your ‘Patch Change Day’ will remain the same. • for more than one day OR if you are not sure for how long, YOU MAY BECOME PREGNANT – Start a new four week cycle immediately by putting on a new patch. You now have a new Day 1 and a new ‘Patch Change Day.’ You must use back-up contraception, such as a condom, spermicide, or diaphragm for the first week of your new cycle. • do not try to re-apply a patch if it’s no longer sticky, if it has become stuck to itself or another surface, if it has other material stuck to it or if it has previously become loose or fallen off. No tapes or wraps should be used to keep the patch in place. If you cannot re-apply a patch, apply a new patch immediately."
Also, I'd make sure to ask your friend where on the body she put it. If the patch either didn't stick well once reattached or she put it on a part of the body NOT indicated by the instructions (Upper torso front and back excluding the breasts, abdomen, buttocks), her protection may have been compromised.
Either way, if it's been 11 days since her withdrawal bleed was due to show up, she can take a pregnancy test now and know for sure what's up.
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