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What do I do if my ring falls out or my patch falls off?

Last updated on September 1, 2020

If it’s been less than 48 hours since the patch fell off or the ring fell out, just re-apply or re-insert as soon as possible. You’ll still be protected from pregnancy.

  • The patch: you can re-apply the same patch. If it’s lost its adhesiveness, you can apply a new patch. Your next patch change day will stay the same.
  • The ring: wash your hands, rinse the ring in cold water, and re-insert.

If the patch has been off your body or if the ring has been outside of your vagina for more than 48 hours, or you don’t know how long it’s been:

  • The patch: apply a new patch, and record this day as your new patch change day. You’ll start a new four week cycle. The patch will take 7 days to be effective against pregnancy again, so be sure to use backup contraception (like condoms) for the next 7 days.
  • The ring: wash your hands, rinse the ring in cold water, and re-insert. The ring will take 7 days to be effective against pregnancy again, so be sure to use backup contraception (like condoms) for the next 7 days.

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