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Hello - this is my second time on the message boards and I apologize if my questions are a bit redundant, but I've searched this site a bit and haven't found any case that seems close to mine.

So, I started taking birth control again (I took Cycless for a while, switched to Reclipsen, stopped, and commenced Reclipsen after a couple of months) and was advised by the college nurse to try a different method: 2 packs continuously disregarding the placebo on the 1st pack, and only taking 4 placebos on the second. Apparently, this will be more effective in suppressing ovaries from releasing the egg.

Anyway, I'm on my second pack now (2nd week specifically), and I had unprotected (no-condom) sex with my bf yesterday (he didn't ejaculate inside me, but precum is probable). I'm afraid that I've had unprotected sex too soon. I've 'missed' some pills on my 1st pack (and by 'miss' I mean not taken them at the exact hour, but not forgotten to take them at all). So just to break it down, here are my questions:

- When does bc start becoming effective against pregnancy? When is no-condom sex okay to do when BC is also taken?

- What constitutes a "missed pill"? Not being taken exactly at the hour? Or is it just forgetting to take a pill altogether?

Hope this is clear enough. Let me know if you have further questions or need clarification.


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We generally recommend finishing one full cycle before relying on the pill, though some may be effective sooner for some individuals. Being two weeks in to a second pack certainly means that it should be effective.

For a combined pill like Reclipsen, a missed pill is generally considered a pill that is more than 12 hours late. An on time pill is one taken within a three hour window (so, if you normally take your pills at 6pm, taking them at 8pm isn't a problem).

If you have taken all of your pills in this second pack on time, there's no need to worry about a pregnancy risk.

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Thank you so much! Your response has been very helpful.

Just another question:
Apparently some medications can interfere with the effectiveness of BC. Is there a general consensus of what these meds may be? I read the Reclipsen manual and it didn't specify - I was wondering if you guys may know. I'm sick right now and been taking different types of medicines ranging from cough syrups to nasal decongestants, and other pain killers. I hope none of these have affected my BC intake. I apologize for seeming so ignorant about these things - I guess that's why Scarleteen exists!

Thanks again

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Most of the medications that interfere with BC are antibiotics, and Saint John's wort. Over the counter cough syrups or decongestants aren't a problem, nor are pain killers, so you're fine there.

In the future, if you are ever prescribed antibiotics for any reason, mention to your doctor that you're on BC and they'll let you know if the specific antibiotic is a problem. Pharmacists are also great people to ask about interactions between various medications.

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