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Hello. So on dec 28th I had unprotected sex while I was in Mexico with a very close friend..I took Plan B, January 1st when I got home. I started bleeding Jan 7th on what definitely was heavy & period like. I went to my gyno to get tested & got some birth control pills (Tri-Sprintec) which I wanted to start taking my next period which should have arrived Feb 3rd (I always get it every 28 days) but I started bleeding again today and I took a pregnancy test (just in case) & I'm not pregnant. Should I start the birth control today since I started bleeding today or not? The bleeding is very light right now...I will be seeing this guy again in 2 weeks and want to be protected against pregnancy. Thank you for your time...
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Welcome to the boards, Bonita. [Smile]

A person can actually start the pill anytime they'd like. It's just that starting on day one of a period, or by the first Sunday after a period begins, the pill is more likely to be fully effective quicker and withdrawal bleeds will tend to happen on schedule a bit faster.

Given how close it is to the 3rd, though,if you want to start today, I don't see any reason not to. I'd just use a backup method, if you engage in sex, through this first pack just in case this isn't your period. But I tend to advise a backup the whole first pack anyway, since it often tends to take people a little while to get into the habit of taking their pills properly.

As well, don't forget that the pill doesn't offer any protection from STIs, so if you've more than one partner, or anyone you'd have sex with soon would be a new partner, using condoms would be advised anyway (for way longer than one month), so if you do that, you don't have to worry about your pills being fully effective on their own regardless.

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