Patch & infrequent periods
16 February, 2004
I’m on the birth control Patch. I wear it so that I only have a period every three months. Do I still have to go to the mikvah during the months that I do not have a period?
No, you only have to use the mikveh when you have become niddah. This status can be either from the withdrawal bleeding caused by stopping the patch (your “period”), or from staining that makes you niddah (see our article on ketamim for more details). It is not a requirement to have a period with any specific frequency while on hormonal contraceptives. Doctor permitting, many women choose to use their pill package, ring, or patch back-to-back to become niddah less frequently.
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