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celica2003
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Hi Scarleteen,

I've been on a combined birth control pill consistently for the last 6 months. I've never missed a pill ever, but a couple months into taking birth control I was switched to an very low dose pill (Junel fe 1/20) because the high estrogen content in my first pill was giving me ongoing side effects. I always take my pill on time, but sometimes when I'm out somewhere and can't take it with something to drink I swallow it dry. A little over 2 weeks ago my partner and I had sex without a condom though he did not ejaculate inside me. The night after, I swallowed my pill without water and I'm scared it temporarily got stuck in my throat and may have partially dissolved. Because the pill is a low dose, could this have had an impact on its effectiveness?
(Both my partner and I have tested negative for STI's and I've talked to him since the past incident about stopping sex for now to avoid future pregnancy scares)

Thanks so much for your help!!

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Molias
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Even if this did partially dissolve in your throat, you'd be swallowing it down eventually; it seems unlikely that this would impact your pill's effectiveness. The best person to ask about any specific medication would be a doctor or pharmacist, though, so if you do want to double-check you could give one of them a call.

However, since this didn't happen until after you had sex with your partner, even if it did impact the effectiveness, that wouldn't apply retroactively.

Also, just so you know, a lower-dose pill won't be less effective as long as you're taking it according to direction.

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celica2003
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Thanks so much for the help! That does make me feel a lot better. [Smile]
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