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Ransu
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My girlfriend has already been on the pills for at least 3 full cycles. After her period on her 3rd cycle, 3 days into the 4th cycle, we had unprotected sex without ejaculation. I read in Google that it takes 7 days for the pills to be effective, but does it mean it applies every month? 7 days into each cycle before you're protected, or 7 days into the first cycle, and protected ever since given that you take them properly?
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Saffron Raymie
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They mean 7 days from the first pack ever, not every pack. However, we recommend waiting for a full cycle before relying on pills for protection from pregnancy - but your partner is already way over that, so her pills will definately be effective by now, and also would have been by the time you engaged in sex.

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Ransu
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So she's 99% protected given that she took them at the same time every day. 6 hours late isn't considered a missed pill or increase any chances of pregnancy right? Because she might be late by a few hours or so. Probably less than 6 but just to make a better measurement.
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Saffron Raymie
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Well, the 99% figure was something that happened in laboratory conditions, so nobody can be exactly 99%. However it sounds like she's as close to that 99% as she can possibly get, as 6 hours late won't affect her pill. Unless she's taking the mini-pill - the progesterone only pill? Or is the the combined pill, do you know?

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Ransu
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It's the combined 21 days pill.
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So in that case -- what Ray said. Six hours late won't compromise her pill's effectiveness, only after 12 hours would it be considered late [Smile]
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