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recently i went to the dermatologisdt and she perscibed me some pills for acne..algong with birth control pills(the acne medaction causes misscariage on pregnant women)..i haven't had intercourse with my boyfriend yet..but we have taked about it alot..what i want to know long does the pill take to have effect? how many days does it take for my body to be 99% risk-free from pregnancy?....anf also..this ones kinda stupid....but is there any way to stop me from getting fatter?..ive also had problems with an eating disorder and im very scared of gaining weight! appreciate your help!..
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You should wait one full cycle of pills.

But if you have not both: been monogamous for at least six months, EACH had at least TWO negative, full STI screenings in the last year, and have not been practicing safer sex FOR those six months, you'll want to wait until all of that is so as well from an STI perspective.

Per weight gain, some women gain a little weight on the pill (we're talking 5-10 pounds, max). Others do not. But there's no way to predict or control that. If you do not want to BE on a hormonal medication (the pil) you do not HAVE to be: you can always talk to your doctor about other reliable methods of non-hormonal birth control.

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thanx a lot for your help and advice..i know no one's making me take the pill..but i want to..i feel its the resposible thing for me to do..not only to avoid getting pregnant, but also because im taking acne pills called roacutane that could seriously harm the fetus if i were to get pregnant...ive come to terms with the side effects and decided that this is just the right thing for me to do..THANK YOU!
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