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CMTFlovesHAH
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Hey,

My question is how do you tell if you are pregnant if you are on the birth control patch? Does a pregnancy test still work?

I guess most women would know they are not pregnant because when they take there spacer pills or don't wear a patch for a week they have their periods.

My gynecologist is having me try this relatively new idea that has been studied for a while now. It's wearing the patch all the time, and in so, not having a period.

If anyone would like to read more this is the site my gynecologist gave me http://www.noperiod.com/handout.html

There are lots of links to scientific studies and articles on this idea of no periods.

Also what is anyone's opinion on this?


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Heather
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NO long-term studies have yet been done on ceasing menstruation altogether, and those which HAVE been done have only shown that short-term, it is likely safe ONLY so long as women menstruate at least four times per year. And to my knowledge, the tests that have been done have been done on adult, not teen women, who have special possible concerns from taking hormonal birth control just as directed.

(The sort of thing stated at that site has a pretty serious flaw, in that not menstruating due to pregnancy and not menstruating due to synthetic hormones are not the same thing.)

So, unless you have a specific health condition your GYN is trying to treat, I'd advise you get a second opinion on that practice and advice if he or she is suggesting you NEVER cease the patch.

And yes, pregnancy tests work just the same when on hormonal birth control.


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-Jill
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A pregnancy test will still work when you're on the patch.

However, if you're using it according to your gynecologist's directions, it's safe to say you are protected from pregnancy without taking a pregnancy test. (Assuming s/he knows you intend to use the patch to prevent pregnancy, not just to regulate periods.)

If you still don't feel safe, why not back it up with condoms? This is a good idea anyway because the patch provides no protection from STD/STIs.


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