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fuzzball44
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Okay, I'm sorry if you've gotten questions like these a million times before, but I just can't go without asking mine, I'm ridiculously worried. But I don't know if I have reason to be?
Here's the sitch:
I got on Aviane 28 about 3 months ago, and usually am good at taking my pill. I don't take the sugar pills, but I always start my next pack on time, (not trying to skip period though).
I started my pack last Sunday Dec. 23, and today's Sunday the 30th. I had sex yesterday and two days before.
The only thing is, the condom broke yesterday. He didn't come inside me, but I think there was a bit of pre-cum.
Am I just ridiculously paranoid or do I have something to worry about? If I do choose to take the 5 orange pills as EC, would that be effective?

Thanks so much for any help/advice.

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Since you've been taking your BC pills regularly and for some time now, you should be fully protected from pregnancy. I see no need for EC here.

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I can't wait till I get my period, until then I'm gonna make myself sick worrying. [Frown] Do I even have reason to worry at all?

I was also wondering, just how effective is the pill? It just seems like it doesn't do a whole lot, and it doesn't feel as safe without a barrier protection too.

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Would reading more about how the birth control pill works, perhaps, make you feel more confident in its protection? For the record, perfect pill use (taking one pill a day around the same time every day without missing days or being more than 12 hours late) affords 99% protection against pregnancy.

You know, many women feel the same, and it IS really hard to believe that one little pill daily protects so well. In fact, one of the reasons I personally stopped using the pill (among many) is because I simply didn't feel safe using a method I couldn't see working, and that's perfectly valid.

So, if you find yourself worrying over being protected constantly, even when you learn more about how the pill works, you might consider using a new method with condoms that is more acceptable to you in terms of visually confirming effectiveness. [Smile]

[ 12-30-2007, 12:55 PM: Message edited by: *Lauren* ]

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I just finished my first week of orange pills, and have been taking them around 9pm every night, give or take an hour. Is this still safe? I haven't missed a day (knock on wood).

I've been going crazy researching all this, and my bf tells me I have nothing to worry about, but still. I'm about as paranoid as you can get.

What are other visually confirming methods that work?

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Yes, you have a three hours window in which to take your BC pill for it to be effective so taking it sometimes a little bit earlier or later than you normally do but within that time frame is fine.

You can rely on the pill alone as a contraceptive once it's been one month you've been on it and since you've been on it for about three months now and took all of your pills properly you were protected against pregnancy, no matter whether or not you took EC.

So, you are just NOT pregnant honey. But, if that can help, you can go ahead and take a pregnancy test 10-14 days after your risk to ease your worries.

Per your last question, if I'm not mistaken, you were asking about other possible birth control methods you could use with the condom beside the pill, right ? I think that would be a great thing to discuss with your GYN. But just to give you an idea of what options are out there for you, check this out:
Choosing contraceptive

It's also worth keeping in mind that if you are extremely worried about pregnancy, that it might be a good thing to take a break from any sexual activity that poses a pregnancy risk for a while. [Smile]

[ 12-30-2007, 02:17 PM: Message edited by: cool87 ]

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So do I have anything to fret about?
Even if it's the first week of pills for this month, and the condom broke?
I think that's what's killing me.

I can't help but worry still. I'm literally going out of my mind, ugh. [Frown]

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From what I can gather you have been on the pill for three months now, am I correct ? If so, given you have been taking your pills properly then you are protected against pregnancy, really, as I stated before.

I get that you are worried, and plenty of people have been in that same position before, but it's just almost impossible for you to be pregnant here.

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Aldo, keep in mind that you are protected during your placebo week, as long as you've taken you pills correctly. So it doesn't matter where in your cycle the risk occurs, as you are covered the same throughout.

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I don't take the inactive pills, mainly because I forget. (bad I know.) Is this alright, since they don't have hormones? I know they're made as reminder pills, but I always start my next pack on time (Sunday).
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Yep, that's totally fine. It's up to you whether you want to take the placebo pills or not, your body won't make any difference since they do not contain any hormones anyway, they are just there to keep you in the habit of taking your pill everyday. :)

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Alright, so I feel a little better:

The chances are very slim to none, if there was only pre-cum and I'm on the pill..?

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The chances are seriously as close to zero as it gets without avoiding intercourse altogether. :)
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I've been looking at comparisons of generic to name brand pills, do they make any difference? Since Aviane is generic for Alesse?

I know it seems like I'm thinking way into this, but I can't help it. :/

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Nope, there is no difference between the generic and the name brand. They are equally effective.

Really, taking birth control pills correctly (and it sounds like you've been doing that) is about as safe as it gets. You have no reason to suspect pregnancy.

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I've also been wondering about the levels of effectiveness different pills have, if any. Aviane is a low dose pill with 0.02mg of ethynil estradiol (estrogen) and 0.10 levonorgestrel. Does the amount of hormone make a difference?
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The amount of hormone really doesn't make a difference. Different formulations just work "better" for different women in terms of side effects and syncing up with body chemistry. That's all.
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