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Mariel
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About a month ago my physician switched me from Ortho Tri Cyclen to a generic form of Nordette (Portia) oral contraceptives. My new pill has a lower dose of hormones than the previous brand. I stared my new pills exactly when I would have started my old ones, but I wasn't sure how long to take them before they became effective. I had (protected) intercourse with my boyfriend on the 3rd day of the inactive pills (about an hour before I started my period). My questions are:
1. How long before I can consider myself "protected" from the new brand of pills (since they're a lower dose)
2. Was I protected from the pill when I had sex with my boyfriend? (on the 3rd inactive pill in my pack)

Even though we used an additional method of contraception, I'm very very paranoid and for my own peace of mind I'd like to know that I was (or perhaps was not) protected from the pill in addition to the condom.
Thank you

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CJT
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It's generally agreed that if you're switching brands of pills (going immediately from one to another) then you remain protected throughout the switch so long as you didn't take more than a week of placebo pills at a time. Different pills have different hormone levels and combinations but they've been shown to be effective at reducing the risk of pregnancy when they're taking correctly.

If you had a break between pills (meaning you missed some days or longer between the old pills and the new pills) then it would be like starting pills for the first time and how soon they'd become fully effective would depend some on when in your cycle you started the pills.

But, assuming there was no break, you can safely assume that you were protected by the pill when you had intercourse with your boyfriend.

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