Q. While using contraceptive pill, will I remain protected during pill free days?

Answered by Dr. Geeta Priyadarsini Kamminana and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.

 

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Hi doctor,

I am starting a pack of pill two weeks after my periods. After completing the pack will contraception start? Do I need to take the 7 pill free days after the first pack? Will remain protected during those seven days?


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Dr. Geeta Priyadarsini Kamminana
MBBS., MD GENERAL MEDICINE., PGD EMERGENCY MEDICINE
General Medicine, Internal Medicine

Hello,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

I guess you are taking combination pill that is hormonal contraceptives containing both estrogen and progestin (synthetic progesterone). These act by preventing your ovulation and making your cervical mucus thicker.

You need to take combination pills within five days after the start of the period. Then, you need not follow other means of contraception.

You may start combination pills at any time and only concern is that you will be protected from pregnancy 7 days from then.

Yes, you need not take pills in the fourth week and this will initiate your withdrawal bleeding that is you will have a menstrual bleed in that week and you will be protected.

Some measures you need to follow. You need to ensure that you take these pills regularly at the same time each day.

If you vomit immediately following pill consumption, then take one more pill. You should not miss the pill. If you miss a period, then do not panic as irregular periods are common. You need to confirm by urine pregnancy test

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For further doubts consult an internal medicine physician online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/internal-medicine-physician

 

Thank you doctor,

Will two hour time difference affect the efficiency of the pill?

 

Dr. Geeta Priyadarsini Kamminana
MBBS., MD GENERAL MEDICINE., PGD EMERGENCY MEDICINE
General Medicine, Internal Medicine

Hello,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

  • It is important to not be more than 24 hours late, especially when taking the combined pill.
  • Regularity and punctuality are very important with regard to hormonal contraceptive pills for best results.

For further information consult an internal medicine physician online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/internal-medicine-physician

 
 
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