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zalmentra
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Hi everyone
I'm currently taking the BC pill Levlen ED and am at the end of my 5th pack. Yesterday I took the first of my placebo pills. But this morning (I take my pill at 6am, and it's really dark in the mornings!) I accidentally took the first of the real pills which was meant for after the placebo week.
What do I do now?? Is my protection severely affected? Should I keep taking my placebos or start the next pack now?
Help!

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Robin Lee
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HI There,

I'm a little confused. Are you saying you took a pill from the new pack rather than continuing with the old pack?


Either way, Your protection isn't afected at all.

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zalmentra
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The way it worked out for me is that the last pill on the pack is actually the first real pill (sorry, not sure what to call it other than "real"). So that's the one I took, rather than another placebo. I don't know how to explain it too well without a picture of my pill pack, which I don't believe I am allowed to post?

Should I continue to take the placebo pills then? Or start taking the rest of the next cycle of real pills?

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Robin Lee
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HI There,

I'm not actually sure what the best thing for you to do is in this situation. One thing you could do is call a pharmacist and ask.

You could go ahead and continue to take the active pills from your next pack. This would mean that you'd miss your withdrawal bleed for this month. Many people do skip their placebo week on purpose to do this, so it's certainly an option.

Thing is that if you go back to taking the placebo pills then start the new pack you won't be taking the complete cycle as you'll be short one pill. This could reduce it's effectiveness in which case you'd want to use a back-up method of birth control.

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zalmentra
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Thanks robin [Smile]
I decided to go ahead and take the rest of the active pills. I will be using a back up method for the rest of this cycle, just to be sure.
And if my not getting a withdrawal bleed stresses me out too much, I guess I could always just grab a pregnancy test to set my mind at ease [Smile]
Thanks for your help.

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