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Alaskagirl16
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I just started my first pack and I just started the 3rd week of pills. I know the orange pills for week 4 are inactive, so I don't understand how when I start the new pack of white pills , how they will still be as effective as the previous ones because I have been off the active pills for a week. If they are 99% effective when taken perfectly, how are they still working when they arent taken for a week?
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check this out Alaskagirl: http://www.scarleteen.com/article/reproduction/how_do_birth_control_pills_really_work_even_during_the_placebo_period

"The reason why you don't have any extra risks during that placebo week is because of all of the things the pill has done in the three weeks prior, and which it will do once you start taking it again. During that week, you don't need pills because they've already prevented ovulation and fertilization, so you couldn't become pregnant during that period of time, as without all those preceding signals to be fertile, you can't suddenly become fertile in that week."

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So they are just as protective when you start the new pack as they have been?
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