Back story: A year or so ago I messed up my patch cycle when a patch fell off thus i had to apply a new patch. So now I have to use two patches from one prescription, then have to take my third patch from my new prescription each month. The system works fine and nothing gets messed up, I just have to remember to get my prescription for my third patch each month.
Problem: So, as normal, I went to get my prescription because it was patch change day for patch number 3. Apparently my prescription expired. I called the doctor and told them I needed it to day. Long story short I couldn't get it. This was on a Tuesday (patch change day). I kept the patch on tell Wednessday hoping that I could get the patch then. I read in the ortho evra direction that there is a 48 hour window where your safe if something happens with your patch change. So i figured this would be okay to do. Well, then i still could not get the patch due to the doctor not getting back to me and such. With out any other ideas I decided to take off the patch and just start my period a week early.
Normally I take my patch of on Tuesday, have some small spotting on Friday evening, then start my period Saturday morning/daytime. Well, after taking of my patch that Wednessday i had spotting that night. I was somewhat concerned with this considering the normal start of my periods and that fact that it was a week early. My period then did not start tell Sunday, which made sense given i took the patch of wednessday.
I was unsure of when to continue the cycle of patches. I received my new prescription and put the patch on on the usually patch changing Tuesday following the start of my (week early) period.
So my question(s) are:
First, was the early spotting okay or should i be concerned?
Secondly, was it okay to start my new patch cycle after the period?
And Last, is it safe to have unprotected sex after waiting a week after my period to end to avoid any possible ovulation and allow the Ortho Evra to kick in?