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powellchick
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Hi - so I've been on Estrostep for about 3 weeks and on Sunday the 18th I started the "reminder" iron pills. I started my period on the 19th, about a week earlier than what was expected. Is that normal when you're first starting birth control?

So I was wondering since I've only been on the pill for about 3 weeks, will it be effective if I have sex this upcoming weekend. It will be my first time, but my boyfriend and I have been very responsible up to this point and he will be using a condom. Still though, I'm a little nervous, and if the pill isn't working fully yet, I'd rather wait another week or so, so I've been on it for a full month. Will I be as protected as I can be by this weekend or should I wait? Thank you!


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Can someone please answer my question as soon as possible? I'm seeing my boyfriend tonight and I want to know what my best options are about whether we should start having sex. Does Estrostep take a full month to be fully effective or just a week or two? Thank you!
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I'm a bit confused, do you mean you are still taking active pills, or are you on your placebo or off week?

If you are on your placebo week, you period did not start early, but was on time based on when you've been taking your pills.

We recomend that you wait one full cycle, which means a full pack of pills, including the placebo or off week before having sex without condoms to be fully protected from pregnany.

Also, only condoms will give you STI protection. Have you both been in a monogomous relationship for at least 6 months, and have you BOTH had two complete STI screens, 6 months apart? If not, you should not be having sex without a condom.


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Ok thank you. Yeah, I'm on the placebo week - sorry, my birth control calls them iron pills. This will be both mine and my boyfriends first time, so we haven't tested for any STDs because we haven't had any opportunity to get them.
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This is actually a myth ... You CAN get STDs without having had intercourse. You and your partner should be having STI screens with your annual exams regardless.
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Okay, well I'm sure an exam would be a good idea and I'll definitely talk to him about it. For now though, we are planning on using condoms all the time, even when my birth control is working to its fullest. Thank you both for your help!
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