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beautifulS0LE
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Okay,

So I was really happy with the birth control I was on before which was Sprintec. My OBGYN prescribed me Tri-Sprintec for my next 3 months worth of pills. What's the difference? When I'm through this months placebo do I just take the Tri-Sprintec like I would any new month? Does this affect pill effectiveness in any way? Sorry for all the questions [Frown]

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The difference is that the hormone levels in Tri-Sprintec vary during the cycle while in Sprintec, they remain static throughout the cycle.

With Tri-Sprintec, because of the varying hormone levels, some people have mood swings as a side effect.

You should start your first pill just like you would have started taking your next month of Sprintec, so the day after your placebo pills are gone.

Switching pills holds a small risk, and so its probably worth using a back-up method for the first week just in case. But because you already have been taking a hormonal method, your body has those hormones going through it and so the risk is low. But, in my opinion, its better to be safe than sorry.

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At Scarleteen, we do suggest that when starting the pill or when switching to a different pill that you use a back-up method like condoms for the first month just to be on the safe side. You can always call up your gynecologist and ask him/her to make sure. There's nothing wrong with calling your doctor to ask a question like that. That's part of why they're there!

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