My wife ended her cycle of pills for the month about 6 days ago and that means she starts her period. Then she got her new cycle of pills the next day she finished those. She got off her period yesterday. We had unprotected sex. How long until the pill is affective. I might not have pulled out in time
Most birth control pills are taken as 21 day packs or 28 day packs. 21 day packs are taken as 3 weeks on active pills then 7 days off pills during which the woman has a withdrawal bleed or "period" 28 day packs have 3 weeks of active pills and one week of inactive pills which have no hormones in them. They are just there to remind the woman to take a pill each day. She will get her bleed during the week of inactive pills. Once a woman is on active birth control pills for seven days, she is considered protected from then on so long as she misses no pills and starts her packs on time. It is ONLY during the very first pack that she has a seven day waiting period for them to become effective. Once she is established and has been taking pills from pack to pack, she is protected 24/7 even during her off week or when she is on the inactive pills. It is not necessary to avoid sex or use back up protection during her period week or the first week back on active pills once she is established. That is only the case for the very FIRST pack ONLY! I'm a little confused by the way you are describing your wife's pill regimen but since she has been on the pill for at least a cycle, she is fully protected, with no need to "pull out" ever as long as she keeps taking her pills correctly with no missed pills and she starts her packs on time. One word of caution. "Pulling out" before ejaculation (or cumming) is NOT a back up method, contrary to popular belief. I honestly cannot figure out why this myth still persists! Pulling out is useless to prevent pregnancy. Men leak sperm a long time before they ejaculate! They cannot feel the leaking and they cant control it but it occurs. Even if you dont see anything when you masturbate, it still occurs. Sperm are microscopic. You cannot see then without a microscope. During sex, men will often leak small amounts of fluid and this fluid can contain sperm. Even if you dont see fluid, it is still possible that you have released sperm. It only takes one sperm to impregnate a woman. Never, ever rely on "pulling out" as a form of back up. It is a wasted gesture! If your wife misses pills or is late starting her new pack or if she is put on antibiotics, condoms are the most reliable back up (unless she has some other form of barrier method like a diaphragm).
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