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Jean1211
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I've been taking Ortho-lo for a birth control pill, but was switched to Seasonique on Thursday. I had unprotected sex (aside from the pill) both Thursday and Friday (yesterday). Since I switched to the new pill Thursday night and took it again Friday night, should I get emergency contraceptive since I switched pills without the 7-day period for the new one to become effective?
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Heather
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That shouldn't be an issue, since you've still consecutively been on an oral contraceptive.

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Jean1211
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It isn't affected that I switched types (different hormone levels in each pill)...also both were during the first few days of ovulation?

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Actually, neither would be during ovulation, since a woman taking either of those pills properly isn't ovulating: both of their primary modes of operation is to suppress ovulation.

And that they have different levels of hormones won't make a difference (it would have if you were switching to a progestin-only pill, but you haven't): you're okay so long as they were taken consecutively. If you want a second opinion, by all means, just ring into the doc's office who prescribed them for you.

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