For many women, the birth control patch is a convenient and easy way to prevent an unplanned pregnancy. For you, however, it is not working out. Perhaps you have a skin reaction to the glue that keeps it in place. It could be that you have a difficult time remembering to change it once a week, or maybe you and your partner have decided it is time to start a family. Getting off the birth control patch can be done with some planning.
Discuss the patch removal with your partner. Provide him with literature about the side effects, including possible mood swings and vaginal bleeding. This way, both of your are prepared ahead of time.
Schedule an appointment with your physician to discuss getting off the birth control patch. Be sure the appointment date is well before the day you want to stop using the patch so you can become informed about your options in plenty of time.
Compile a list of questions that you will take with you to the doctor. Bring a pen so you can write down the answers and bring them home to look them over when you are not rushed, or nervous.
Obtain a prescription from the doctor for an alternative birth control if you are going to use a method that requires medical supervision.
Remove the patch and throw it away. Stock up on comfort items including new books, movies or bubble bath products to help you move past the hormonal changes that can occur when stopping the birth control patch.
Follow your doctor’s directions with regard to starting the new birth control method. Overlap them for optimum protection.
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