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Anonymous asked in HealthWomen's Health · 2 months ago

How soon after starting a new pack of birth control pills are you protected? ?

so obviously after your placebo week, you start a new pack of pills. Are you protected right away? Or do you have to wait a week again like when you first started? Sorry if this is a stupid question. 

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Hi! I'm a pharmacy student and think I can help. As long as you continuously take your birth control you are protected, even after your placebo week. Your birth control prevents your ovaries from releasing eggs, a process called ovulation. Then it prevents  fertilization where a sperm joins an egg. So, if you take your birth control as prescribed there are no eggs for fertilization which will prevent pregnancy. There are times however when backup protection may be needed such as missing a dose or starting a new medication or supplement and it is important to speak with your local pharmacist. The only time when starting a new pack you may need to use backup is if it is a new type of birth control that is different from the previous month. Lastly, although birth control is a great option it does not protect you from any sexually transmitted infections (STIs). I hope this was helpful!

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  • Edna
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    When you go on birth control pills for the very first time, you're protected against pregnancy after one week. After that (as long as you remember to take one pill every day), you're continuously protected against pregnancy, even during the 7 days you're taking the placebo pills. You don't have to "start all over again" when you begin a new pack. Just keep taking a one pill every day, even if you're still bleeding at the end of those 7 days. Besides, you never ovulate when you're taking birth control pills. 

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  • Tulip
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Every pill protects you there are no times when you arent

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  • 2 months ago

    If you have been taking the pills for a while and take them around the same time every day then you are always protected including during your placebo week as the pill stops you ovulating, even when you start the next pack you are protected

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  • 2 months ago

    wait a week again.

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  • 2 months ago

    If you have been taking the pills as proscribed, you should be protected from day 1.  The only time you need to wait for protection to build up is when you first start taking the pill or if you have been inconsistent in taking your pills correctly.

    Always feel free to call the doctor's office where you got your prescription if you have any questions or concerns.  

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  • 2 months ago

    If u have been steady and not missed any pills you are safe since the medication is still in your system it takes a few weeks to months to be out then you are not safe.

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