Q. I planned to have intercourse without condom. When should I start birth control pill to protect myself?

Answered by
Dr. Neha Singh Rathod
and medically reviewed by Dr. Nithila A
Published on Jun 29, 2019 and last reviewed on: Jul 02, 2019

Hello doctor,

My boyfriend and I are planning to have intercourse next month without a condom. Could you suggest which birth control pills I could use? When should I start having the pills? As it is a one-time activity (as he will be traveling abroad) how soon after the act can I discontinue the pills?

Dr. Neha Singh Rathod

Obstetrics And Gynaecology
#

Hello,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

In that case, plan to have sex during your safe period, which is between day one to ten of your periods. During the sustained period you need not use any medication or the contraceptive pill. There is no chance of pregnancy as there is no ovulation happening during this period. However, if you have a doubt, then get back to me.

Thank you doctor,

The dates are fixed, and unfortunately, we cannot adjust our happy times during the first to the tenth day of my periods. Would you suggest the use of birth control pills? How soon after the act, can I discontinue the use of the pills?

Dr. Neha Singh Rathod

Obstetrics And Gynaecology
#

Hello,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

You can use an emergency pill within 72 hours of intercourse there is no chance of pregnancy. If you want to use oral contraceptive pills, then start a 21-day pill from the third day of periods. However, if you have a doubt, then get back to me.

Thank you for the prompt reply.

Dr. Neha Singh Rathod

Obstetrics And Gynaecology
# Hi dear,
You can get started with the pill immediately and take the complete course of 21 days.
However if you have a doubt then get back to me.
Take care
Hi,
So I can discontinue after the 21days course, right?

Dr. Neha Singh Rathod

Obstetrics And Gynaecology
# Yes
Can you suggest which ocp should I opt for?

Dr. Neha Singh Rathod

Obstetrics And Gynaecology
# Take any combination ocp
I apologize if i'm being paranoid and repeating questions. But just to confirm, i'll be protected for 21days i.e the duration of the course, right?

Dr. Neha Singh Rathod

Obstetrics And Gynaecology
# Yes, undoubtedly
Hi, is there any serious side effect to the combination pills?

Dr. Neha Singh Rathod

Obstetrics And Gynaecology
# No, you may have mild nausea.
There are no major side effects as such
I get my periods around the 15th of every month. If I start with the 21day course ocp, will my periods get delayed?

Dr. Neha Singh Rathod

Obstetrics And Gynaecology
# You can experience a bit early or delayed periods because of the hormonal changes due to the pill you have taken
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