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Mexx13
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I've been taking my birth control (lo estrin 1.5/30) since last Wednesday (24th) and misunderstood the 7 days, I took it at around 8:45am (usually 9am every morning no fail-for the seven pills) and had sex at around 10:30pm, would the pill have had time to fully protect me or should I be concerned?
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When in your cycle did you start taking the pill? What did your prescribing doctor recommend how long you should wait before relying on the pill alone for protection?

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Johanna
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Mexx13
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I started taking it about 4-5 days after bleeding had stopped, but I had been on taking Yaz the previous week when my cycle started and it didn't work well with my body so my doctor switched me to this pill (was on Yaz for 4 days and bleeding lasted more than 5 days which is unusual but most likely due to the pill).
She never specified a day to start, so I read the pamphlet and started the next morning.

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So you started taking Yaz on the first day of your period, took it for 4 days, and then switched to a different pill without a break in between, which you have now been taking for a week?

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Mexx13
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No, there was about a 3 day break in between.
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Robin Lee
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For many people, the pill can take effect within 7 days of taking it continuously, and sometimes even fewer. however, since there is no way to tell when the pill starts working, we here at Scarleteen recommend using another form of birth control for any sexual activity that could lead to pregnancy that happens when taking the first pack of pills.

Given the timing of the stops and starts with the pill, it really isn't possible to even guess what was going on with your cycle at the time you started taking it continuously.


Since there really is no way to tell, I would suggest taking a pregnancy test at the appropriate time. Pregnancy tests yield accurate results when taken 14 or more days after the sexual activity in question.

I also want to check in with you about whether you are up-to-date on your STI testing. The birth control pill does not protect against STI (sexually transmitted infection) risks.

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Mexx13
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Well thank you for your input and fast reply, I really do appreciate it. I will definitely take what your saying into account.

Just for clarification, as far as probability would go, would the chances be low considering the pamphlet said 7 days and it had over 10 hours to enter my system? Or am I still totally off?

I haven't been tested for an STI but I've only been sexually active for about 5 months and with the same partner (Who is clean of any STI's) using condoms always, until last night.

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Robin Lee
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Hi There,

You know, when it comes to hours, it really doesn't make a difference. The pill works as a system and there's no way to say what it has done in your body, and when. The seven days on the pamphlet is an average. For some people it takes longer, for some people it takes less time. We just don't know.

Regarding STIs, using the word clean to describe someone not having STIs really isn't accurate or respectful, as it implies that people with STIs are dirty, which is far, far from true. So, you're saying that you're partner has tested negative for STIs?

It's still sound, when starting sexual activity with a partner, to get yourself tested so you know exactly what your STI status is.

Starting sexual healthcare once partnered sexual activity has started is important, and doesn't just include pregnancy prevention.

Lastly, here's some information on the pill that might help all of this make more sense.

Three questions about taking the birth control pill (and plenty of answers)


How do birth control pills really work, even during the placebo period?

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