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I posted maybe a month or so ago asking for advice about this, but I didn't want to bump my post up from the depths of this thread.

Basically, I began having spotting throughout the month on my old birth control pills that I have been on for over two years. Thanks to your help, I decided to ask my doctor about switching me to a new pill with a little bit of a higher dosage (because it's not fun to feel like you have your period for like three weeks). I have one more week to go until I start the new pack.

Now, I know that you recommend waiting a whole first pack before you consider them fully active when you BEGIN birth control, is this the same when you are just SWITCHING pills? I assume I'll be okay but I just wanted to check.

(I finished a run of antibiotics about three weeks ago, on the very last day of my last pill pack, if that weighs into it at all.)

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Nope: if you take the new pill right after you finish your current pack, without taking a break at all, your protection should continue without any changes. You just start your new pill on the same day you'd start a new pack of this one.

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