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I have a few questions in regards to.. well a few things.

We used the condom last friday, and two days later I took my first pill, for the first time. However, the day I took that pill,was not the first day of my period. (due today)

sorry for the details but I need you to understand the timing thing.

long story short, how effective is the pill if you take it before you're period starting day?

Can I stop taking the pill? Will I be protected from pregnancy if I do? it's been 6 days since intercourse, and my body isn't reacting too well with the side affects (fainting in school)

Say i didn't plan to have sex in a while, how long after sex do you need to take the pill for?

Is it normal for your period to come late when you're on the pill? how late?

I would be ever so grateful for your answers, and I hope I have made some sense. The only way for me to get peace of mind is to get answers from proffessionals, and here seemed a good place to start. [Smile]

[ 03-25-2006, 04:26 PM: Message edited by: sovereign ]

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If you took your first pill two days after you had intercourse, it's not going to prevent pregnancy from happening, especially if you didn't start it at the right point in your cycle.

However, since you did use a condom, that should prevent pregnancy. (If the condom ripped, broke, tore, or came off during intercourse, let us know so that we can advise you about that.)

If you want the pill to work as birth control, you have to start the pill following the directions given to you with the medication and you need to take one pill per day until all of the pills are done. Then, if you want it to keep being effective as birth control, you have to start another packet of pills. You can't start and stop taking the pill depending on when you had sex; you have to go through a full cycle of pills in order to be protected.

If you are having serious side effects, including fainting, you certainly can stop taking the pill right now, since using a condom prevented pregnancy and the pill wouldn't be effective in the first two days of its use. Since the pill contains hormones that changes the timing of your menstrual cycle, you may find that your period comes early, late, or not at all this month. I would advise you to get checked out by a medical professional, fainting isn't a common or normal side effect.

Good luck! I hope you find some peace of mind. [Smile]

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Well, yes you have already, thankyou!
I have now enough peace of mind just getting it off my chest, but will have a word with either the sex health woman in school, or the pharmacist.
Thankyou again, everyone who uses this site owe you more than anything for all of your advice.

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