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What to do if a contraceptive patch falls off.

The contraceptive patch is very sticky and should stay on. It shouldn't come off after a shower, bath, hot tub, sauna or swim.

If the patch does fall off, what you need to do depends on how long it has been off.


If it's been off for less than 48 hours:


put a new patch on (don't try to hold the old patch in place with a plaster or bandage)

change it on your normal change day

you're protected against pregnancy if you've used your patch correctly for the past 7 days (and the 7 days before your patch-free week, if you're in week 1)

If it's been off for 48 hours or more, or you're not sure how long:


put on a new patch

change it on your normal change day, if you're in week 1 or 2 of your patch cycle

if you're in week 3, you need to start a new patch cycle (this is now day 1 of your new cycle) and miss your usual patch-free week

whatever week you're in, use additional contraception, such as condoms, until you've had a patch on for 7 days in a row

you may need emergency contraception if you had intimacy during the patch-free break, or in week 1, and the patch fell off during week 1. Or, you had intimacy during week 2 or 3 when a patch had not been on properly for the previous 7 days. In these situations, ask a GP or nurse for advice

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