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audreytoo
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I switched from a male to a female partner six weeks ago, so I haven't been as consistent or mindful of my bc pill use. Took 1 pill 12 hours too late last week. And tonight I was supposed to start day one of my new pack but the pharmacy was closed so it will also be about 12 hours late when I do take it tomorrow morning. (I guess this would count as 2 non-consectutive late pills, to put it another way? Not sure if they count as "missed" or "late"?)

I'm planning to stick with my female partner for a while. However, if I do have sex with a man again, I want to be safe. How long is a backup method needed at this point to prevent pregnancy - 1 week from today, 2 weeks, a month or...?

Not sure if this makes a difference, but I take the pills continuously, meaning I skip the fourth week, which is the sugar pills, and go straight to the next pack.

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The first pill of the pack is the one you'll really want to avoid missing. So, you'd want to back up with condoms or another method for at least one full week before relying on the pill alone again.

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Ok, and that applies even if I don't take the week of inactive pills?

Will the pill resume its optimal effectiveness two weeks from now if taken correctly until then? Or would I have to wait a full month before its back at 99%?

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