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are you still covered by your birth control when you are on your period and taking the inactive pills? Confused
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replied October 6th, 2007
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Yep. Smile As long as you have taken all your pills at the right time, you are protected forever until you stop taking them. Even on your placebo week.
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replied October 6th, 2007
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cool how does that work? do ya know?
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replied October 6th, 2007
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Sure. Basically, the pills work in three ways. They keep you from ovulating, they make the cervix really mucusy (if that's a word!) so sperm can't get through, and they make the uterine walls uninhabitable, so an egg wouldn't be able to implant and grow if it did happen to come around. Since the bcp's stop you from ovulating, there is not a chance that you can get pregnant on your period, while your body is shedding the tissue buildup. On the pill, your period is just shedding some extra tissue, it's not actually disposing an egg. So there is nothing to fertilize! And when you start taking the pill again, it will keep your body from producing another egg, and keep you from getting preggo.

You can't actually get pregnant when you're menstruating, anyway, on or off the pill. But you can't trust that you won't, normally, because many women either have a random cycle once in a while where they produce an egg earlier than usual, or they don't have a good handle on their cycle and when they ovulate. But since the pill regulates your cycle so you KNOW you haven't ovulated, and you KNOW that you will not ovulate again earlier than usual, it's perfectly safe on the pill.

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replied October 6th, 2007
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yes it did... thats creative lol. whoever invented bc pills had way too much free time. but thank god that they did.
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replied October 7th, 2007
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Lol.
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