Spotting After Forgetting to Change Birth Control Patch

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QUESTION

Dear Midwife,
I have been on Ortho Evra for almost two years. I have never had any spotting and have never had an early or missed period. Last week, I was supposed to change my patch on Monday, but I forgot and changed it on Wednesday.

I am sexually active and we do not use protection and he does not pull out. The next week, the week before my expected period, I have been spotting. Is this from forgetting to change my patch?

ANSWER

Hopefully, but you should wait two weeks and take a pregnancy test, just to be sure it's not implantation, especially if you don't get a period that is normal in length and strength. Good luck!

-- Cynthia, CNM. PhD.

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