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will 10 lutera pills work as emergency birth control?

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I am on my very first week of taking Lutera, but me and my boyfriend had unprotected sex before the full week was up. I did not want to take any chances so I used 5 pills and 5 pills 12 hours later as emergency contraception, which I heard works with my type of birth control. I do not plan on doing this again.
But now I'm wondering how I should finish my pack. Reminder, this is my first week ever taking BC. So I started taking them normally Sunday to Friday, when I had the unprotected sex. I took the 5 pills on Friday night and this morning. So I only have 5 more active pills. Do I just throw away the rest and have 4 weeks of pills this month, and go back to normal after taking the new packs placebos?
And when should it be safe to have sex again?
Thank you.


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replied June 12th, 2011
Birth Control Answer A23997
Hi,
Welcome to ehealthforum,
Continue to take the rest of the pills as instructed in the pill pack. Wait and watch for your periods/withdrawal bleeding. Start with the next pill pack when you have the bleeding. Continue to take the next pack as instructed, but also use additional protection/back-up method of protection when having intercourse throughout the next pill pack (pack #2). Start with the next scheduled pack (pack #3) on time after you have the bleeding (when taking placebo pills of the pill pack #2). You should be having effective protection against pregnancy when you start with the 3rd pack. The hormonal contraceptives take about 3-4 weeks of regular and diligent use before they start giving you effective protection. Since you messed up your first pill pack pills and had unprotected intercourse, your 2nd pack will also be like using the first pack for your body to get used to them and start with protection.
Take care.



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