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mcguiree1495
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How long does it take for the birth control pill to work? I just ended my period 2 days ago (Wednesday) and my boyfriend wants to have sex. I agreed, but as long as we had protection and we waited a week or so. He's totally comfortable for wearing a condom, but I'm not protected. I've heard it takes like a month before the pill actually works, but can i start the pill, him wear a condom and maybe try another form of birth control with it?
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mcguiree1495
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Also, it's not safe for the guy to wear two condoms, right?

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eryn_smiles
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Hello [Smile] . Scarleteen recommends that you use the birth control pill correctly for one month/cycle before you rely on it for protection without backing up with condoms.

It's not recommended for a guy to wear 2 condoms as there would be increased friction and chance of breakage. Using condoms by themselves is 98% effective with perfect use (2 out of every 100 women using condoms correctly will become pregnant each year) and 85% effective with typical use.

If you decide to combine condoms with any other method, you can increase that effectiveness rate. This article explains alot more about how you can do that:
http://www.scarleteen.com/article/reproduction/the_buddy_system_effectiveness_rates_for_backing_up_your_birth_control_with_a_s

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Genevieve
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I started on the pill and bled for 17 days then eventually decided to switch to the sugar pill to make it stop. it did. but now must i count that as a start of the pack again?

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Robin Lee
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Genevieve,

Can you start your own thread for this? You'll see the "post new topic" link on any page of this forum.

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