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Am I protected from pregnancy after 7 days of taking birth control pills?

By February 10, 2020 - 3:59pm
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HERWriter Guide

Hello sabrina97

Thank you for writing.

Yes, you will be protected once you have taken your pills for seven consecutive days.


February 10, 2020 - 4:03pm
(reply to SusanC)

Hello! Thanks, I’m new to the pill that’s why I have a lot of questions about it. I had sexual contact 9 days after taking the pill, but I still used a condom to be sure. And does it really matter if I start taking BCP on a Sunday following my period or I can start any time of the week after I got my period and I’ll still be protected as long as I’ve been taking it for 7 days?

February 10, 2020 - 8:35pm
HERWriter Guide (reply to itssabrina97)

Hello again

The active ingredients are generally the same from pill to pill.

You need to stick to a schedule when taking pills. Either take it the first day of your period or a Sunday start (that you did already). If you take it any day after your period, you will never had a scheduled period. That is not a good idea - the cycle is based on 28 days, you need to stick with that. Changing days but making sure not to have unprotected sex within 7 days is a very bad idea. You must have a consistent start and end day, particularly as you are often anxious about pregnancy.

And since you are using a condom too (98% effective) there is no real risk.


February 11, 2020 - 4:58pm
(reply to SusanC)

I had my period on a Sunday. I went to my OB on Thursday (4 days later), the same day she prescribed and I took the first pill. I’ve been taking it consistently and around the same time ever since. I took around 1 pill everyday for 8 days before I had sexual contact again (my doctor said I’m protected after taking it for 7 days). I just finished my last pill yesterday, now I have to wait another 7 days before taking a new pack. I’m supposed to be expecting my period within the 7 day break right? Thanks

February 12, 2020 - 10:12pm
HERWriter Guide (reply to itssabrina97)

Yes, your period should come sometime this week.

February 13, 2020 - 7:45pm
(reply to SusanC)

Another question, am I still protected 2 days after I finish my 21 pills? Like am I still protected on the 7 day break before starting a new one? Thanks

February 14, 2020 - 2:39pm
HERWriter Guide (reply to itssabrina97)

Yes, you are protected when on your 7 day break.

I think it's a good idea to check out the manufacturer's website - you are taking birth control with no idea of how it works. Everyone should understand the mechanisms and side effects of any medication.

February 14, 2020 - 4:02pm
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