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how long does the birth control patch take to work

A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dale Kristle
39 years experience Gynecology
After a month: is effective after the 1st month of use

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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jovita Anyanwu
29 years experience Internal Medicine
If started during : Your period should be effective before your next ovulation.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Patterson
41 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Should use backup: For the 1st month and if u are really 43 i would never put any of my pts on the patch as it has the highest hormone dose so more chance for complicat ... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Weissberg
54 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
24 hrs: That's why you take a pill daily. Can get pregnant the following month.
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paula Hillard
43 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
It depends: It depends on when in your cycle you started the pills. If you started on the first day of bleeding, it's effective right away. If later in your cyc ... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeff Livingston
21 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
2 weeks: The safest answer is two weeks. It works a little faster if you started it right after your last period.
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nicole Bullock
16 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
2 weeks: Most hormonal birth control (pills, patch, vaginal ring, Depo-Provera shot, Nexplanon arm insert) ... All generally take 2 weeks to be effective. The ... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michelle Jones singer
37 years experience Gynecology
Your decision: The type of contraception you chose is an individual choice. They both have about the same failure rate. Choose based on which one would fit your life ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Brown
43 years experience Gynecology
Two weeks: Standard practice is to advise 'back-up' contraception (condoms) during the first month on the pill. The truth is, a couple of weeks is really enough ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sung Taylor
22 years experience Family Medicine
Usually 1 day: Your birth control will start helping within 1 day.

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