Have you been taking your pills every day at around the same time of day? Have you been on them at least seven days with no misses? If yes, then you should have been protected against pregnancy as well as you can be on the Pill. There is always a very slim chance as no birth control method is 100% effectve except for abstinance (not having sex). For optimum effectiveness you need to try to take them around the same time of day and every day. You can rely on them as your sole birth control once you have taken at least 7 of the white pills. Some doctors like to be extra safe and ask that you use back up for the whole first cycle but the manufaturer's clinical testing shows it is effective after 7 days of use. Once you have taken those first seven pills, as long as you keep taking them each day as directed you are fully protected even during the week of inert pills (the peach colored ones) or the "off" week. If you miss a pill, you should take it as soon as you realize that you have forgotten. The more you miss pills the higher the chances of becoming pregnant so try not to miss. If you do, then be sure to use back up like condoms for seven days again. Keep in mind, however, that antibiotics reduce the effectiveness of the Pill so if you are put on antibiotic therapy for any reason, you need to use back up, like a condom, for the whole time you are taking the antibiotics and for at least 7 days after you finish the antibiotics. The male "pulling out" before ejaculation really does little to nothing to keep a woman from getting pregnant. It only takes one sperm and sperm are secreted by the male throughout the sex act even though the largest concentration of them is in the ejaculate. The Pill is designed to allow women to relax and enjoy your sex life without worrying about pregnancy!! So enjoy and as long as you are vigilant about not missing any pills and using back up when appropriate you will be fine!
- Lutera Information for Consumers
- Lutera Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Lutera (detailed)
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I just started taking Lutera this month, I've had unprotected sex twice but he pulled out, I am now?
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This is the second month I have been on Lutera, I had unprotected sex and he didn't pull out, I set?
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