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Patch came loose?

Patch came loose?  Forgotten to replace or remove the patch?

If you don’t use the contraceptive patch correctly, you may become pregnant.  Below are a few situations that may occur.  To avoid that you become pregnant in these situations, you have to follow the corresponding instructions strictly.

 What if the contraceptive patch comes loose, is loose at the sides or falls off?

 Less than one day (maximum 24 hours):

  • Try to apply it again or immediately apply a new patch.
  • You don’t need any additional contraceptive protection.
  • Your “patch replacement day” has to remain the same.

 BE CAREFUL:

Never try to apply a patch again if :

  • It no longer sticks.
  • It sticks to itself or to another surface.
  • It is the second time that it come loose or fell off.
  • Never use tape or bandage to keep the patch in its place.
  • If you can’t apply the patch again, immediately apply a new patch.

More than one day (24 hours or more) or if you are not sure how long:

  • Immediately start with a new cycle of four weeks by applying a new patch.
  • You now have a new day ‘1’ and a new ‘patch replacement day’.
  • During the first week of the new cycle you must use a condom.

 What if you have forgotten to replace a patch?

At the beginning of a patch cycle (week 1 - day 1):

  • Apply the first patch of the new cycle as soon as you think of it.
  • You must use a condom during one week.
  • You now have a new “patch replacement day” and a new day ‘1’.

 In the middle of your patch cycle (week 2 or week 3):

 One or two days (maximum 48 hours):

  • You have to apply a new patch as soon as you think of it.
  • Apply the next patch on your regular “patch replacement day”.
  • You don’t need any additional contraceptive protection.

More than 2 days (48 hours or more):

  • Start with a new cycle of four weeks as soon as you think of it, by applying a new patch.
  • You now have another “patch replacement day” and a new day ‘1’.
  • During the first week of the new cycle you must use a condom.

What if at the end of the patch cycle (week 4) you have forgotten to remove the patch?

  • Remove the patch as soon as you think of it.
  • Start with the next cycle on the usual “patch replacement day” (= the day following ‘day 28’)
  • You don’t need any additional contraceptive protection.