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Rawrkitten2
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hi scarlet teen [Smile]
I just started on my first birth control pack 6 days ago, yay! I'm on kariva. I have a question though. When you start your first bc pill the first day you start your period, do the pills start working immediately? Or, is it when you start birth control the Sunday after the first day of your period, are the pills immediately effective? I've been hearing both being mixed up a lot and I just want to make it clear. thanks!

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Robin Lee
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Hi Rawrkitten2,

First of all, know that you can always call the healthcare provider or clinic who prescribed the birth control for you to ask any questions. Healthcare providers are always there to answer questions about medications.

We here at Scarleteen always recommend using a second method of birth control for the whole first cycle of birth control pills as it's not possible to tell exactly when the pills have taken effect.

Generally, the pill can be effective within seven days of starting to take it, but again, there's no way to know exactly when you have protection from it within that first cycle.

Here's some more information:

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

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Rawrkitten2
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thanks robin.
today is the 8th day. im taking my birth control in about 30 minutes. me and my boyfriend had sex today and the condom broke in the beginning when we just started. so he didnt ejaculate obviously.. should I be concerned with pregnancy?

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It depends on when you started the pill, and the pill you are taking. Some pill brands claim to be fully effective if you started it on the first day of a period, or on the first Sunday after the start of your period. To see if this is true for you, you'll want to check the patient information sheet, or call the doctor who prescribed the pill to you.

If you started the pill at any other point in your cycle, it is hard to make predictions about whether it has already become effective.

So, just like Robin, I would suggest that you call the doctor who prescribed this pill to you and ask them. They'll be able to give you a better idea of how effective the pill might have been for you at this point. You'll want to make that phone call asap, so you still have some time to obtain and take emergency contraception, should that be the route you decide to go.

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Rawrkitten2
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I can't call my doctor. I'm 16 and the reason I'm on bc is for my period mainly. I can't ask about sex, my parents don't know [Frown]
I took it the first day I started my period. I read the information sheet in the pill packet and it said if I took the first pill the first day I started my birth control, then Im fully protected and don't need to use a backup method.
I'm just really worried. If that's the case, I should be fine right? Besides it broke right in the beginning then we stopped and used a new one. Should I take emergency contraception or is it unnecessary?

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Heather
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Why can't you call your doctor? You can ask your doctor about sex without also telling your parents, if that's what you'd prefer.

Given you are taking the pill now, I'd personally say Plan B isn't needed, because your pill will already offer what it does.

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Okay then I might give her a call. Thank you heather. I think I'm worrying too much. If he ejaculated in me, I feel like that would be a problem but since we just started its kind of like a withdrawal method in a way? Plus I'm on birth control and if that's what it says in the information sheet then, I'm guessing its true? [Frown]
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If you two had intercourse and he did not ejaculate, then yes, what you did was use withdrawal and your birth control pill. And even though your BC pill may not have yet been fully effective just yet -- it's generally advised to use a backup method for one week -- you DID use withdrawal as a backup.

Condoms rarely break when used properly, so if you'd like to talk about how to use them properly to prevent a break from happening in the future, I'm happy to do that with you.

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Heather, but it was a complete 7 days anyways correct? I started my pill on Wednesday at 9 pm August 28. This incident occured Wednesday around 3pm september 4th. Isn't that 7 days and doesn't that mean I'm protected by my bc so I didn't need to use withdrawal anyways?
I wish it never broke. Even though I'm on bc were continuing to use condoms. It was the Trojan ultra thin condom that's why I think it broke [Frown]

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Oh, sorry if I misread or misunderstood, I thought you'd said it was six.

Either way, you still DID use a backup, so I personally don't see cause for big concerns about pregnancy here. Really.

Again, condoms don't break with proper use save VERY rarely. And thinner condoms are actually LESS likely to break than thicker ones, because they create less friction.

Want to talk about how to use them properly and troubleshoot why it broke so you're not in this spot again?

If so:
• Did you and yours use extra lubricant with the condom, adding more as needed?
• Was it stored properly before use?
• Was it put on properly, with around a half inch to an inch of space left in the tip?

These are really the big three with breakage when it happens.

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Thanks! So you don't recommend taking plan b? And I think the problem was that there wasn't enough lubrication.
Just about 20 minutes ago my period came back very heavy, and with clots in it. I'm so confused its the 9th day of my period.

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Molias
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Like Heather said, your risk here is very low as you were probably mostly, if not entirely, protected by the pill and you practiced withdrawal. It's up to you whether or not you take Plan B, but I'm not seeing a need to in this case.

Sometimes people do notice some spotting or irregularity with their withdrawal bleed right when they start taking birth control pills, so that may be the cause here.

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