I just finished my first pack of 21 active birth control pills. I took one inactive pill yesterday, but decided to suppress my period and started a new pack today by taking one active pill at my regularly scheduled time. Am I still protected against pregnancy even though I started this new pack a day late? How many days should I wait to have unprotected sex?
Inactive pills do not contain any hormones so even if you started the new pack of active pills a day late you would be protected against pregnancy.But you might exhibit spotting during this time period as you have just started the pills.(less than 3 months duration)
Active pills should be taken regularly at the same time without missing any so that effective protection can be provided against pregnancy.Continue them regularly.
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