Sunday, October 31, 2004

Skip Period With Ortho Evra

Good news for birth control skin patch (Ortho Evra) users who want to use the patch to skip the monthly fake period:

A contraceptive patch that has been effective for the standard 21-day cyclic regimen appears to translate seamlessly into an extended regimen, results of a 112-day pilot study suggest.

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The 123 women who completed the extended regimen applied a new patch weekly for 12 consecutive weeks, and then skipped a week to allow for bleeding. The 68 women who completed the study in the cyclic group applied a new patch weekly for 3 consecutive weeks, and then skipped a week to allow for bleeding.

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