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littlelena
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Okay so I was supposed to start my pack on Monday 8/19 but I forgot to refill my birth control and my pharmacy was already closed when I remembered. I usually take them at 9pm everyday. I took the first pill of the pack on Tuesday 8/20 at 1:30pm. I asked the pharmacist if my pill would be any less effective if I missed the first pill and he said no and to just take 2 pills that day. I took the Tuesday pill at 10:30pm and have been taking it at 10:30pm since then. Today I had sex with my boyfriend. He put it inside without a condom for a little bit then put a condom on and finished inside me. He took off the condom and wiped his penis off then put it inside me again without a condom after about 30 minutes had passed. I told him to stop because I started to get worried so he did. I went to the bathroom and washed myself down there. My concern is I wasn't fully protected since it hasn't been a full week of taking the pill and I know how important it is to take the first pill on time. Do I need to get plan b or was I protected? And should I just keep taking my pill at 10:30pm instead of 9pm?
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littlelena
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Also I've been on the pill for years and have been a perfect user until now. My period finished Tuesday sometime after I took the pill at 1:30pm. My placebos ended Sunday.
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Robin Lee
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Hi Littlelena,

If there was no ejaculation inside your vagina or on your vulva, then what you're describing is effective use of withdrawal.

You're also on the pill so you were using two methods of birth control.


That's the benefit of using two methods; if there is uncertainty about whether one is at its full effectiveness, you still have the other one.

Technically you used three methods of birth control, but condoms are not considered effective unless they're used for all genital contact.

Since you do take the pill daily, and Plan B does the same thing as daily birth control, I don't think you'd get any additional benefit from taking Plan B at this point.


Here's some information on the effectiveness rates of combining birth control methods.

The Buddy System: Effectiveness Rates for Backing Up Your Birth Control With a Second Method

Since you did not use a condom for all genital contact, I also want to check in with you about whether you and your boyfriend are both up-to-date on your STI testing.

You can return your pill-taking time to 9 PM if you would like to. As long as the pill is taken within three hours of the time you usually take it, it's not considered late. So, moving the time from 10:30 PM to 9 PM won't affect anything.

Here's some more information on pill-taking:

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

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littlelena
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Thank you so much for the information! So taking the first pill of the pack about 14 hours late didn't make it less effective? That's my main worry. I've read on here that if you miss the first pill then you need a backup method for at least 7 days.
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Robin Lee
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Yes, it is really important to start the pill on time.

However, your back-up method was, as I said, withdrawal, and, though you didn't use it for the whole time, the condom.

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Thank you! And, yes, we are up to date on our STI testing. We've been together for 8 years and have only been with each other.
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You're welcome. [Smile]

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