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sarahmiller1989
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I'm supposed to start a new pack of Yasmin birth control pills tomorrow but I haven't gone for my annual check up with my gynecologist so they have to confirm my prescription with my doctor. I was just wondering if I don't get my pack tomorrow and miss the first pill but take it when I do get the pack which might be the next day, will I still be protected against pregnancy?
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You should take *two* pills the first day you get them (ie what was supposed to be the second day of the pack), and use a back up method for seven days.

The first pill really is the most important one to take on time.

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sarahmiller1989
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Okay, thank you!

Also, I think I will be switching to a new brand of pills. But I think I might be switching in the middle of my current pack. Should I start this current pack and then when I do switch to another brand just start taking the new one where I left off on the last one? (for example, I ended my current pack on day 3, should I start the new pack on day 4?) Or should I just not start this new pack at all and wait for the new brand? Sorry if this is unclear.

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sarahmiller1989
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Also, do you know any brands of pills that are good for clearing acne? I'm currently on Yasmin and it's working but it's $70 a month and that's just too much.
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Heather
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In terms of acne, that all depends on the type of acne you have and if a pill is even the answer.

Both this question and the one about switching from one pill to another mid-pack or not are absolutely things to discuss with the healthcare provider you see for these prescriptions. Answering your questions like this is both part of their job, and part of your relationship with providers.

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Ohhh, okay.
My doctor is putting me on Ortho Tri-Cyclen. Have you heard anything about it? Is it very effective in preventing pregnancy when taken properly? Have you heard anything bad about it?

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ALL brands of combined oral contraceptives are equally effective: no one brand is more effective than others, and for the most part, how effective a pill is is just about how properly a person uses it.

Ortho Tri-Cyclen is one of the oldest brands around.

Here's more information on combined oral contraceptives, which include that pill: Combined Oral Contraceptives (The Pill).

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