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I just want to find out does antibiotics have any affect on the pill..

Also iv read that if you start the pill for the first time within the first 5 days of your period you are protected the same time is this true??

Do you have any info about the pills side affects and changes it has on your body how you know if its working


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Some types of antibiotics can compromise the protection of the pill. You'll want to ask your prescribing doctor if this is one of those antibiotics. If it is, you can back up with condoms in the meantime.

If you start the pill on or right after the first day of your period, you likely will be fully protected after the first week. However, we always suggest backing up with condoms for the entire first month on the pill, just to be safe.

Side effects vary depending on the type of pill and your own medical history. This is something that is best discussed with a doctor.

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