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steph.
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now, my doctor, and the pamphlets in my pill pack say that after 7 days of correct use (taking at the same time everday), the pills become effective. however, i keep reading that you should wait a month or more? whys this? should i wait, even thought i've taken the pill at the exact same minute everyday for the past two weeks?
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They advise here to wait until you've been on a full cycle of the pill before relying on it as a birth control method.

Why ? Because it your body time to adjust to the hormones.

Remember that the pill doesn't protect you against STD.

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but why would the pamphlet and my doctor say otherwise, if it was not safe? i don't understand why neither of them would say sex after 7 days is safe when it really isn't.
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My guess ?

Because you might have only a low pregnancy risk after 7 days, not a big one. But there are still more risks then let's say if you wait a little more.

So really, it is best to wait until you've been on a full cycle of your pill.

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If everybody adapted immediately and correctly, then it would be fully effective right away. However, not everybody adapts right away. Also, some women have difficulty getting into the habit of taking the pill correctly (at the same time) or may need to allow time for another medication (like St. John's wort, for instance) that they are taking to clear their system so that the pill can work correctly. And to boot, some women will have side effects that might interfere...for example, when I started the pill, I had terrible nasuea that lead to vomiting at times.

So really, as cool indicated, you're better to just wait a full cycle before really relying on your pill.

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