I've been on the patch for about 3 or 4 months now, and my doctor told me that I can put one on each week and not get my period for 3 months when normally you're on it for 3 weeks and the 4th week is "patch free" thats when you're supposed to get your period. I decided to try what my doctor said because I tend to become very sick when I get my period.. Now, what I'm wondering is, is it normal to have menstral cramps and spotting when it's supposed to stop my period? I've been spotting for the past 4 days, and have been experiencing cramps also. I also have been feeling sick. Oh another thing, my breasts have been really sore and my nipples even more so.. If someone can help me out I would really appreciate it..

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replied November 20th, 2008
My experience with patch..
I'm not sure about the trying to skip your period subject. I've always been leery of doing that, seems unnatural, but I've always had a pretty light to moderate period.

My concern is that when I was using the patch, I quit because I felt I gained about 5 pounds that i could do nothing about (5lbs doesn't sound like much, but feels pretty uncomfortable being about 5'4" and 115 lbs on average) and every time I would start a new cycle (after the patch free week) it felt like this insane dose of hormone all at once, I'd be edgy, unable to sleep, feel short of breath, and I'd have sore breasts and feel very bloated. Maybe I'm more sensitive to those things.

Anyway, maybe the bc patch has been revamped since (it's been over 4 yrs since I used it) but I kept hearing after I quit that there'd been a significant number of deaths linked to using the patch for some reason. I'm just saying, if you hadn't heard that, I would ask your doctor if they know anything about it. It was the ortho evra patch. Also it always looked like a dirty old band-aid at the end of the week. Didn't make me feel very sexy...
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