If I stopped taking the contraceptive pill for a week but then start, does that make me fertile?
- 22 Nov 2017 by xbluesparklex
- 22 Nov 2017
- contraception, birth control pills, pill, contraceptives
I apologise for the long question but I wanted some advice. I have been on the pill for 3 months now however, I did stop taking it last week as I have been very ill and anything I ate or drank I couldn't keep down. (I'm 100% better now. Was just ill from antibiotics) anyway, if I were to start taking the pill again today and have sex, would it protect me from pregnancy?
I'd appreciate any advice. Thank you
Birth control pills contain three weeks of active pills and one week of inactive pills. If you missed an active pill, you must use alternate birth control, such as condoms or a diaphragm or film until you have been on the active pilsl for a full seven days. If you missed any amount of inactive pills you are still protected. HOWEVER, anytime you use antibiotics or other medications, it lessens the effectiveness of the pill during the entire treatment. So YES YOU CAN GET PREGNANT. Therefore you must use alternate birth control during treatment and for an additional seven days after stopping the antibiotic/medication. If unsure about another medication affecting your birth control, ask the pharmacist, they will tell you when you need to use alternative birth control methods temporarily as the pill begins to work again. Hope this helps you.
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