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Question: Birth Control- Ortho Evra

 tinkybell101 - Fri Apr 08, 2005 12:04 pm

I had a question concerning Ortho-Evra. I am on Ortho-Evra and I decided not to skip the 4th week as I have before and instead I put on a new patch that week. I am currently on my 2nd patch, 2nd week and I have been experiencing menstrual flow and cramps. Is it possible for a woman to have a period even though she continued to use the patch? I am wondering if this is a cause for concern and whether I should go see my gyno.
 Dr. Tamer Fouad - Wed Jan 11, 2006 6:55 am

User avatar Hello,

Ortho Evra is a combination transdermal contraceptive patch that contains 6.00 mg norelgestromin and 0.75 mg ethinyl estradiol .

Ortho Evra when used according to the recommended use is associated with pregnancy rates were approximately 1 per 100 women-years. To achieve maximum contraceptive effectiveness, Ortho Evra must be used exactly as directed.

What you have experienced is probably break-through bleeding. In the event of breakthrough bleeding or spotting (bleeding that occurs on the days that Ortho Evra is worn), treatment should be continued. If breakthrough bleeding persists longer than a few cycles, a cause other than Ortho Evra should be considered.

Best regards.

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