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Switching Birth Control Pills? Am I still protected?

By Anonymous December 10, 2014 - 4:28am
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Hi I have been on the pill called Generess fe for 5 months now and this month I decided to switch to another brand called Junel fe 1/20. Generess fe had a higher dose of estrogen but lower dose of progesteron. After my 4 placebo pills in the 5th month of my Generess fe pack I immedietely started my Junel fe 1/20 first active pill of the pack. Am I still protected from pregnancy? Because on the 3rd day through my active pills of Junel fe I had unprotected sex (no condom sex) with my bf. Do I need plan b? Also other people said that I "can't go one day without taking a pill" does that include the placebo pills? Was I supposed to take and start the Junel after my last active pill on Generess felt was I supposed to start it after the last placebo pill on Generess fe? I'm so confused please help! Also how long does it take for the pill to be considered late because on my 5th pack of Generess fe towards the end I took one pill late 6 hours, was I still protected?

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Hello Anonymous,

Welcome to EmpowHER and thank you for reaching out to us with your questions.

It is safe to assume that your gynecologist wrote the prescription for Junel fe 1/20 and is aware that you switched from Generess. Did your physician discuss how you should make the switch safely so that you would be protected against pregnancy?

According to Drugs.com, "You will take your first pill ( Junel fe 1/20) on the first day of your period or on the first Sunday after your period begins. You may need to use back-up birth control, such as condoms or a spermicide, when you first start using this medication. Follow your doctor's instructions.

Take one pill every day, no more than 24 hours apart. When the pills run out, start a new pack the following day. You may get pregnant if you do not take one pill daily."

Anonymous, did you start your period on the fourth day of Generess fe placebo pills?

Please consult your gynecologist with your questions before taking an emergency contraceptive. If it has been more than 72 hours since having sex, it is too late to be effective, and may not be necessary.


December 10, 2014 - 9:46am
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Anonymous (reply to Maryann Gromisch RN)

I took Junel fe 1/20 on a Sunday after my 4th placebo pill on Generess fe. That means I took Junel fe like I was taking a new pack of the Generess fe. My gynecologist said to do just that but she didn't tell me if I will be protected right away.

December 10, 2014 - 10:00am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

This is the same person. I had my period on the 2nd day of my placebo pills on Generess fe.

December 10, 2014 - 10:06am
Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hi Anonymous,

Thank you for the added information. You were protected.


December 10, 2014 - 10:49am
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