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pirategirl5
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i took my first pack on march 8 (thursday) and i got my period on april 1(sunday) well when i got my period i did not finish the sugar pill i just went straight on the new pack of pills.is it safe to be on your period while taking the active pills? and also will i get a period next time and also on the sugar pills? and am i still protected? please help me!
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Robin Lee
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You are still protected during the placebo week.

The bleeding that women get when they're on the pill is actually not a period, but a withdrawal bleed--withdrawal from the hormones. So, when you start taking the placebo (sugar) pills, your body says "Oh, okay, there aren't any hormones. I can shed the uterine lining now." So, every time you reach the sugar pill week in your pack, you will start bleeding, though it may not always be the same amount of blood, and may not always occur the first day you take a sugar pill.

So, this won't affect your withdrawal bleed for next time. It doesn't affect the pills' effectiveness. You're always protected, even when on the sugar pills. One of the primary ways birth control pills work is by suppressing ovulation, which means that there is no egg released; no egg, no possibility of pregnancy.

You may find this article on birth control pills helpful:

Three questions about taking the birth control pill (and plenty of answers)

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thank you(: and what about if me and my boyfriend have sex and do not use a condom and lets say he wants to cum in me, will i get prego? i mean we always use condoms and stuff every now and then but yeah
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Using condoms and the pill simultaneously is extra insurance. The other thing about using condoms is STI protection. Have you and your boyfriend both been tested recently for STIs (sexually transmitted infections)?

If you're up-to-date with your STI testing and neither of you is engaging in sexual activities with another partner, and you choose to not use condoms, using Withdrawal
is an option. You'll see that there is a process to it, especially making sure that he pulls out a while before he ejaculates, not right before.

The Pill is one of the most effective forms of birth control on its own as long as it is taken effectively (there's info in the birth control pill Q&A I linked to in my previous post) but risk can be reduced even further by using another method. WE break it down with The Buddy System: Effectiveness Rates for Backing Up Your Birth Control With a Second Method


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no me and my boyfriend are each others firsts.and he always pulls out if we dont use a condom.
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Sounds like you're covered on the birth control front then. [Smile]

STI testing is a good habit to get into when we become sexually active. It can be good to have a baseline, especially for something like oral herpes (HSV-1) that can be contracted nonsexually. It can also help you be familiar with the testing process.

Just something to think about. [Smile]

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