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Okay, I was talking with my friend last night and she asked me something that gotme worried. Okay, she's on the pill. She takes Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo. And, she was asking me if she was suppose to just take all 28 pills and then start the new back when she just ran out or does she start it when her period starts that sunday and gets a new pack? I told her I didn't know. Then the look on her face scared me half to death. Because she told me that her and her boyfriend had sex and he didn't use protection and she doesn't know if her pill would work. So, what I'm asking is - Is she taking the pills correctly?
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If she read the instructions that came with the pill, she would see that you take all twenty eight pills. Seven of these are placebo pills and that is when she will get her period. She starts her new pack after her last placebo pill. If she's a Sunday starter, this will be on a Sunday.

She should be a using a back up form of protection in any case, but especially in this situation. You shouldn't rely on a form of birth control that you're not sure if you're using properly.

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Okay.. Well, we found out that you should ALWAYS use the backup method for the first 7 days of your pack and that. We have to get a hold of her boyfriend and ask which day it was, because if it was Friday, then she was on the 6th day. But if it was Saturday it was her 7th day.
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(Psst...we always suggest waiting a full cycle - at least one full month - before counting on your birth control pills to protect you. That's because it can take your body a bit to adjust to the hormones and so that you can become accustomed to taking the pill correctly and to get an idea about whether that particular pill is a good match for you. Additionally, unless your friend and her partner have been monagomous and have tested clean at least twice - once and then 6 months later - then they really need to be using condoms. STDs are a real issue, and one cannot even begin to assume that they're clean unless they've had those two screens. And even with that, some STDs are passed in non-sexual ways and others, like bacterial infections, can pop up on their own.)

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