Yes. While the patch is designed to be very adhesive, it should be applied to clean, dry skin and you should avoid using any creams or lotions near a patch you’re already wearing to ensure it maintains its adhesiveness.
Yes. In the event the patch becomes detached you need to replace it as soon as possible as it will become ineffective as birth control after more than 24 hours.
If more than 24 hours have passed between the patch falling off and it being replaced, then additional use a backup method of contraception, such as condoms, will be required for one week.
No. In fact, it may actually help to change the location each week. The patch can be worn on the buttocks, stomach, back or upper arms. It should never be worn on the breasts.
You cannot see any change in the patch or feel it working, but it is continuously releasing the hormones oestrogen and progestin into the bloodstream.
Yes. Always apply your contraceptive patch to clean, dry skin. Do not use lotions, creams, oils, powder, or makeup on skin where you are going to put the patch, or on top of or near a patch you are already wearing. These products may affect the adhesive power of the patch.
You can expect your menstrual period to begin a few days after removing the patch.
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Accessed on September 6, 2016