... that if I start taking the pills on the first day of my period, I won't need a back-up method of birth control, as it will be effective as a protection against pregnancy immediately. (But if I start them on the Sunday after my period, I'll need a back-up for seven days).
This is printed on the instructions sheet enclosed with the pill pack.
Is this true or not? I also read this on the Feminist Women's Health Center website. My doctor didn't say anything about it when he prescribed me the pills, so I don't know.
What's the word, Scarleteen?
The brand is generic. Nortrel 1/35 or something like that.
Here at Scarleteen it is usually reccomended to use a back up method for the entire first cycle of birth control just to be sure that it is effective.
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I know that it's advisable to wait a cycle. I just want to know if I can consider the birth control pills (mostly) effective if I'm only able to use them for, say, a week.
I'm in a long distance relationship and I'm going to be visiting my boyfriend on February 13-18. I'm not supposed to start the pills until I get my period, according to my doctor, and I'll be getting my period definitely sometime soon (probably before I get there, but who knows?). I want to make sure I'm well protected from pregnancy in case things get farther than they have so far (oral sex).
This really depends on what level of protection is comfortable for you. Yes, ideally you should be protected right away or after 7 days (as your pill information says). However, knowing that not everyone's body reacts exactly the same and that inconsistencies or problems taking the pill are most likely in that first pack, we recommend waiting a full cycle. But we can't know how your individual body will adapt...so we advise everybody to wait.
So the question is, what level of protection is okay with you? Your pill should be providing you some protection, but perhaps not the full 99% you'd get with perfect use (we really can't say). If pregnancy absolutely isn't an option for you, then your best bet is to continue to back up. If you're okay with the idea that you may have a lesser level of protection and pregnancy might be a possibility, then that's your decision to make. It really comes down to what level of risk you are okay with.
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