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I've been taking Sprintec 28 for about almost two weeks, and I was wondering how effective it is as of now, and how effective it will in another two weeks? My boyfriend and I are sexually active and we have used a condom every time, but now that I'm on birth control we would like to maybe not use one, Do you think that is a good idea? Also, I was wondering when it will start helping my acne?
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It depends, if you started the birth control on the first day of your period you should be okay to have sex on BC only. Now the acne depends on every girl since we're all different also considering how our hormones affect us. I think your fine to have sex with your boyfriend without a condom at this moment.
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Natureamor is right for sure - with most brands of birth control, you will be protected after a week. What I would say though, if you're a little worried, is to have sex with condoms as a back-up for the first month of you being on the pill; and then stop using them if you like. It's up to you! [Smile]

I agree with Natureamor about the acne - everyone is different and will respond to medication differently. Do you use any facial cleansers for your skin? You could use those in the meantime, if you like. [Smile]

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What I've seen more knowledgeable folk than me advise before is, if you start taking the pill within 7 days of the first day of your period, and you take it completely correctly, then you should have maximum protection from your pill after a week - but if you Really don't want to become pregnant, it still does no harm to back up for the first month just to be sure. If you start taking your pill at any other time in your cycle, you can assume that you Don't have its full protection for the first month of taking it, so should back up for all of that month. Either way, once you start your second pack, you can expect that your pill will provide you with its maximum protection, so long as you go on taking it correctly.

Hormonal birth control doesn't offer any protection from STIs, so if you're thinking about having unprotected sex with your boyfriend, it's important to have a conversation with him about this first. Have you and he talked about this, or been tested for STIs? To have safer sex, both partners should test negative for STIs, then be sexually exclusive for six months, then test negative again, before they go without barriers.

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Thank you guys so much! I really appreciate your responses more than anything (:
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