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Bun Bun
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Alright so I have been on antibiotics (specifically Biaxin) for ten days now, and will be finishing them tonight. When I was prescribed them, the doctor told me that they MIGHT affect my birth control pill, so I've abstained from intercourse since I've been on them since my partner and I use my pill as our sole source of protection. I also finish this pack's active pills tonight and start on the placebos tomorrow.

My question is, am I fully protected starting on the active pills of my next pack or will I be fine tomorrow, or once I get my withdrawl bleed (usually day 3 or 4 of my placebos)? Or I am just better off abstaining until my next pack or using a backup form of protection?

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The general recommendation for being absolutely safest is to wait until you begin a cycle where you are not taking the antibiotics to count on your pill to be at top effectiveness. So, if you finish your pills during this pack, you can consider yourself fully protected as soon as you start your next pack.

"Sometimes the majority only means that all the fools are on the same side" ~Anon

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