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May 14
14:45
Okay so my boyfriend really wants to have unprotected sex. I’ve been on birth control since October but last week I missed 3 days because there were issues with my pharmacy... should I have unprotected sex? If so how long should I wait before this pack is “kicked in”?
 
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May 14
14:48
Your pamphlet will tell you how many days you need to take it correctly before you're protected (its usually 7 days (8 pills) for combined pills and less for mini pills but make sure to check!!). Make sure you use back up protection until your pamphlet says its safe too.
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May 14
14:50
Firstly do not stop using condoms until you’re 100% sure you’re comfortable relying on the pill alone. It’s not worth the stress of worrying about it if you don’t fully trust your pill. Secondly it’s not unprotected sex (well pregnancy wise, it’s unprotected STI wise) if you’re taking your pills correctly, the pill is your protection. So make sure you and your partner have been tested for STIs. If you’ve missed several pills then it’s likely you’re not protected until you’ve taken a certain amount of days (your pill’s pamphlet will state how many days you should use extra protection for).
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May 14
15:25
Thank you all so much!!!
 
May 14
15:59
Don’t have sex without a condom unless you know your birth control. As you don’t know when the pill “kicks in” you should really do some more research by reading your pamphlet and learning to trust your pill. Until then: stick to condoms.
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May 14
16:30
I agree with @Yi_eune. You have to read your pamphlet and be familiar with how birth control works before you can rely on the pill as a method. Pregnancy on the pill is almost always because people don't understand their birth control and tske it incorrectly. Also remember that you need to take your pills correctly not only before, but also after having sex. If you miss any pills during the 7 days before and the 7 days after having sex, then that sex doesn't count as protected.
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May 14
16:37
Thank you guys, I realize I should read my pamphlet but I just had these thoughts at school and so I don’t have it on me, Will definitely look into it when I get home though!! Thank you !!!!
 
May 14
17:02
@lw2mizz They also offer it on the app here if you can’t find it at home!
 
May 14
17:11
@Moonbunny oh my gosh I didn’t know that!!! Thank you this is very helpful
 
May 14
17:11
Also- with most pills you will be unprotected after missing 3 in a row, so definitely don’t have condomless sex yet even after reading your pamphlet.
 
May 14
17:12
You’re welcome! This app can be a great resource! 🙂
 
May 14
17:44
@LW2MIZZ you can always find your pamphlet by googling it as well!
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May 14
17:44
Oh my gosh I didn’t even think of that 😂😅
 
May 14
17:45
I also realised you talked about your break week in another post. Please note you need 7 days (8 pills) of ACTIVE pills to be fully protected on most combination pills. Break week pills don’t do anything. Just making sure you are aware of this!
 
May 14
17:51
Yes this was my question, so if I take 8 pills, and then go on my break pills, am I still protected since I am off the pills technically
 
May 14
18:03
@LW2MIZZ well generally the combined pill is taken as 3 weeks of active pills and 1 week break week. If you take your pills correctly, account for interactions and start your new pack on time you should always be protected.
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May 14
19:32
@LW2MIZZ as you are new to the pill I suggest starting a fresh pack and go from there instead of confusing yourself.
 
May 14
19:33
I’m not new to it but thank you
 
May 15
01:44
You’re always protected before, during, and after your break week as long as you don’t miss any active pills (including if you have episodes of vomiting/diarrhea that would make your pill missed!)
 

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