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Hi all. I've looked around these forums for a couple of months. Basically whenever I wanted some good sex ed [Smile] anyways I've learned a lot, but I have a few questions. I want to know how safe my sex is.

I've been with my girlfriend for 16 months and we are monogamous. We try to be safe with our sex. Neither of use have STDs, so we don't use a condom, but we use the combination pill.

This month my girlfriend took 3 pills "later". Each of them between 3 and 6 hours late. Does this affect the ability of the pill to prevent pregnancy? I mean the site here says you have a 12 hour grace period but I don't know if 3 pills would make that change.

Also, I always pull out. Although we don't use a condom, I pull out and rarely ever ejaculate. Does this make for some pretty safe sex in regards to pregnancy?

I would imagine it does considering there is no sperm present and I ALWAYS make sure I urinate before sex to make sure there is no sperm leftover that could be transferred to precum.


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A pill is considered on time if it is taken within three hours of your pill time. So anything within three hours is perfectly fine. Taking it a few hours later or earlier than that also does not impact effectiveness - it is just recommended to stick closer to a certain time to keep you in the habit, and to make it easiest for the body.

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