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My question is am I still going to be protected during the inactive pills if I'm not going to start on the pill again?

I know that when I'm regularly taking the pill I'm still fully protected during placebo week. But if I'm not going to restart the pill after finishing this cycle am I still protected all 7 days?

I've been on the combination birch control pill for 11 months after the end of this pack. I was on Ortho Cyclen for 9 and then switched to Desogen for the past 2.

The pill gives me horrible depression and anxiety (at least I hope it's the pill...) and I'm going to stop taking it and start using condoms and spermicide.

Please help, thanks [Smile] [Confused]

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So your question is whether you are protected during the placebo week of your last cycle of the pill, correct?

Theoretically, yes, you should be. However, the problem is that sperm could wait around and if you happened to ovulate early in the next cycle when you are not on the pill, then you might have some level of risk.

I guess my advice would be that if pregnancy absolutely is not an option for you, start using your barrier method as soon as you are done with your active pills in this last cycle.

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