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Lizzie14
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Soooooo I'm on Gianvi, the generic version of Yaz. I take it at 5, but I took it late (10:30!) on Saturday. Saturday was my 16th day of the pill, so a little over 2 weeks. My boyfriend slept over that night and we had sex with a condom, all normal. But in the morning we had unprotected and he came inside. I wasn't thinking. He wasn't thinking. I don't know how worried I should be about this. My period is due in 6 days.
What should I do? How big is this risk?

Oh, I started Birth Control a couple days before my last period was due, not on the sunday method or the first day. I therefore skipped it last month, but I know THATS not from pregnancy. .

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Heather
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Combined oral contraceptives have a 12 hour grace period to take them within before they are late.

Therefore, if you take your pill properly by that token and otherwise - and if you have already been on the pill for more than one full cycle, a full cycle taken properly, you already have its full effectiveness - you are likely to have the full effectiveness of your pill, which is over 99% effective in one year of use.

Some people are comfortable with that, alone, others will always want to use a second method, too, like condoms. It is up to you to decide, moving forward, what you want and do and do not feel comfortable with.

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Lizzie14
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So a full cycle is a week? I wasn't very worried, but I just want to be confident and give him peace of mind as well [Smile] Thank you so much!
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Sam W
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Hi Lizzie,

A full cycle refers to one full pack of pills.

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Lizzie14
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How much protection does 2 weeks provide? How great is this risk?
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Sam W
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For most people who start the pill either on the first day of their period or the first Sunday after a period, the pill will likely be effective after seven days of use.

However we, as well as other credible sources, advise users to give their pills one full cycle before going without a backup to play it safe.

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Heather
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If you did not start your pills on day one of your period, or before the first Sunday of your period, then the first pack may or may not be fully effective within that whole cycle.

We do not have the data -- it would be impossible for anyone to have those kinds of figures -- for how much or how little it may be. All we know is that when not starting that way, it may not be within the first cycle, which is why the patient information and physician directions when starting otherwise will usually make clear to use a backup during that first pack when not started on day one or a Sunday start.

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