Wherever you decide to put it, you must leave it there for 7 days. If you don't apply the initial patch on the first day of your cycle, you can apply it during the second through fifth day of your cycle. © 2020 Planned Parenthood Federation of America Inc. If for any reason the patch is off your skin for more than 24 hours at a time, you are not protected and will need to use backup contraception for the next seven days after a new patch is applied. (If you've had unprotected intercourse during this time, consider using emergency contraception to decrease your odds of becoming pregnant.) When you take your old patch off, fold it in half so it sticks together, seal it in a plastic bag, and throw it in the trash. This can happen with extreme dieting, gastric bypass surgery, or eating disorders. (See our complete article on emergency contraception). On week 4, don’t wear a patch at all — that’s when you’ll get your period. http://kidshealth.org/teen/sexual_health/contraception/contraception_patch.html# [Accessed April 2016]. Over time, POPs may reduce menstrual bleeding or stop your period altogether. If you want to get your period: Wear a patch for 1 week (7 days), then take off that patch and put on a new one. A miscarriage is the loss of a pregnancy. Donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowable under the law. Finally, don't apply it to skin that will be rubbed by tight clothing (such as a waistband). So you need to change your patch once every week. Puberty typically starts between ages eight and 13. This may, in turn, disrupt the sleep hormone melatonin. Breakthrough bleeding typically goes away with time and the second cycle is usually much better than the first, but it may take up to 3 full cycles for breakthrough bleeding to go away for good. Yes, when used correctly. The Center is an educational entity that exists to provide teen girls and young women with carefully researched health information, health education programs, and conferences. Always check the expiration date before putting on a new patch. If you continue to experience irritation where you place the patch, tell your health care provider. How does the birth control patch prevent pregnancy? If you need to take a medication that interferes with the contraceptive action of the patch and you'll be taking it for a long time, talk to your practitioner about other contraceptive methods. With clean dry hands, open the foil package and remove the patch. I'm still on my period and am now onto week 1 of the next cycle. Lotions, oils, cream, tanning products and makeup on the spot where you place your patch will prevent the patch from sticking. Skipping your period with the patch is safe and super easy. Help us improve - how could this information be more helpful? When they do, they’re known to cause spotting between periods or blood-tinged discharge.