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Ysabel22
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Hi... I just started taking the pill on August 1st. On the pamphlet it said I only had to wait 7 days before using it as the sole type of birth control.... On the 8th day of taking the pill my boyfriend and I had sex (bad choice) and also the day after. We didn't use a condom either time. But now I am really nervous and regret my decision because I am worried that the bcp wouldn't have been effective at that time. I've heard you have to wait for one full pack or sometimes even 3? before it starts to work.... Anyway I'm really worried and just wondering how likely it is that I am pregnant and basically what I should do. I won't get my period (praying that I do) for 7 more days and it's all I can think about. When can I take a pregnancy test?

thanks!!!

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Heather
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At what time in your menstrual cycle did you start your pill? On day one of your period or on or before the first Sunday after it started?

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Ysabel22
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The first Sunday after
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Heather
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Okay. That given, so long as you took and have been taking your pills properly, it probably WAS effective by day 7. [Smile] In other words, pregnancy isn't at all likely, unless you haven't been taking pills each day on time.

If you still want to take a test, the earliest you can is as soon as your withdrawal bleed is late (if it is), or around 2 weeks after the sex you had.

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Ysabel22
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Thanks so much for answering so quickly! I really appreciate it. I have taken it at exactly the same time every day, without fail. I know it's not a guarantee but that's very good news. Thanks again for the info.
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Ysabel22
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Hi I'm back...today is the first day of sugar pills and I haven't started my period yet.... Is that normal? Should I be worrying yet or could it start any time during the week of these pills?
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Onionpie
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It is normal for your period not to start until a few days after you're into your placebo pills. For example, I always start my placebo pills on a sunday, but I don't get my period until that tuesday. So there's no need to worry [Smile]
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Ysabel22
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Hi... i'm having some light brown discharge today. Could that be the start of my period?
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orca
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That could be, yes. The start of a period is sometimes a bit brownish because it is mixed with old blood.

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Ysabel22
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It was!! thank goodness...will be much more careful with this situation now. Just wanted to say thank you again for your support. This is an awesome website for people to turn to when they have no one else to talk to about these things.
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