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hi, i've been on yaz for four months now and experienced horrible side effects from depression to anxiety attacks, so my doctor switched me to mononessa which is the generic brand of othro-cyclen. the nurse told be to wait an entire month for unprotected sex, which is not a huge deal because we use condoms anyway but just makes me nervous as to how well this pill works.

what exactly is the difference in the two pills and also why is it an entire month? and does this pill work as well?

thanks so much i appreciate the help! Smile
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replied May 1st, 2008
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From what I was told a VERY small amount of people when switching hormones can get pregnant. I was one of them! Thats why they tell you that just to be on the safe side. It most likely would not happen but it can. Just continue to use condoms and you'll be fine. Like I said it's a very small amount that this happens to. The difference in the pills are probably the hormones but I would have to look. They will work just as well just differently so you don't have the side effects you had before. That's the only change! Smile So don't worry I'm sure you'll be just fine! Hope these are better for you! I totally understand how nice it is to finally be free of the symptoms on BC!
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replied May 1st, 2008
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Doctors usually recommend this just to be on the safe side. As annie said, there is a small percentage of women who can fall pregnant while switching brands of birth control. Your new pill is most likely just as reliable (all pills are over 99% if taken correctly). This is just a precaution.
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replied May 3rd, 2008
ok thanks for the help! i have been reading up and im getting contradictory reports some saying seven days some saying a whole month. i figure i will abstain completely for the first seven days seeing as that seems like the "high risk" time period and then use a back up method for the rest of the month. does this seem logical?
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replied May 4th, 2008
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If you are using a back up method like a condom ontop of the pill, then it is completely okay to still have sex right away. You won't have to wait the 7 days since you have double protection. In the very low chance that the pill fails, the condom is still there to protect you.
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replied May 5th, 2008
alright thanks for your help! i should be extra extra protected i've taken all the pills, he wore a condom and also pulled out. =] i'm a little paranoid
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replied May 5th, 2008
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Hey it's ok! It's better to be too careful than not at all!
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replied April 28th, 2011
Hey,thoughts would wonderful. Switching from Marvelon to Apri
hey, kind of a same question. I have been on Marvelon 28 for a little over a year now and have just been given Apri 28 (Marvelon has stopped production), it says its an "interchangable" product, both pills have the same levels of hormones...I was just wondering how high my chances are of pregnancy? I had sex on the first day of taking the active pill in Apri as well as the 6th and 7th day...I should be fine? what do you think? also, he pulled out each time.
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