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taxxy28
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Sigh. This is a simple situation but it's hard to explain, in my opinion. Thanks so much for your help, ALWAYS. I'm going to try my hardest to make this sound easy:

I'm on Ortho Tri-Cyclen. You clearly know that the three week cycle of pills are divided into 3 different colors. It's white for the first week, light blue for the second, and dark blue for the third. Then a small ring of pills in the middle of dark green (placebo pills).

Today is my last day of the light blue pill week. Meaning tomorrow I am supposed to start the week of the dark blue pills.

I stupidly dropped today's pill in a grocery store while I was attempting to take it. It's lost forever. I immediately called my Planned Parenthood clinic. The lady told me if I went ahead and took TOMORROW'S pill (which is the dark blue), I should be fine, I should be protected, my period will be a little messed up but everything will be fine, etc.

Hearing this, I was really skeptical. Nonetheless I took the first dark blue pill (which was supposed to be tomorrow's dose) instead of the last light blue pill I was supposed to take.

The day I start taking placebo pills is always a Wednesday. This means I'll start taking the placebo pills a day earlier, on TUESDAY.

My questions are:

Am I truly protected still?

Should I go ahead and continue taking this cycle's pack like nothing happened? And be okay knowing I'll start my placebo pills on Tuesday rather than Wednesday of next week?

Should I use added protection upon starting NEXT cycle's pills?

Does starting my placebo pills and thus my period early mess up the next cycle?

So many questions, and I'm really worrying. Did I even do the right thing in taking tomorrow's pill?

Thanks so so so much.

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As Planned Parenthood said, so long as you take the placebo pills and start the next pack right when the placebo pills end you'll be protected. No need to use back-up for the next cycle as long as you start on time (at the end of the placebo week). There's really no reason to worry.

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So even though I'm one pill off, I'm completely protected? This just means I'll be starting the new cycle on Tuesdays from now on?
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Yep.

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So (sorry to be repetitive, I just must make sure) this means I went through 20 days of the pill rather than 21 days. I'll have 7 days of withdrawal period, and I'll start next cycle immediately, but I'll only have had 20 days. This doesn't mess anything up at all? For even the next cycle?
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This post http://www.scarleteen.com/forum/ultimatebb.php?/ubb/get_topic/f/28/t/006053.html suggests that it's wise to take a pill from a completely new pack so there won't be any missed pills. I think already just messed everything up.
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Honestly, the best thing to do is to follow the advice of your health care professional. You called the center that prescribed them and followed through with the instructions given, you need not be worried. It may throw your withdrawal off next cycle, it may not. Just depends on your body and how it reacts. If you are worried and just want to feel safer, simply use condoms to back up until you feel safer not doing so again (no problem in doubling methods to be extra safe).

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