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Alesse birth control? Wait a month?

I've been taking Alesse regularily for 2 weeks now (it is my first time on birth control) and I read that you are suppose to wait a month before you're safe from pregnancy while having unprotected sex. Last night I had unprotected sex (he pulled out, not that that is very effective) and I was told Alesse can be used as an emergency contraceptive if 5 pills are taken within 120 hours of having sex, and then another 5 pills 12 hours after that. Is this true, and is it necessary or should I already be pretty covered from pregnancy from already taking Alesse, or is that just for women who have used no form of birth control? Just curious how effective the pill would actually be so soon and if I should be worried about taking extra precaution against pregnancy
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replied November 3rd, 2014
I would follow the instructions on the pamphlet that your pharmacist gave you! If you're unsure, call your doctor or pharmacist and they will tell you. For my birth control, it tells me have a backup form of protection (condom, spermicide, etc) for a week after I started, so after a week my pills (which is Alysena, a similar pill to Alesse, I've heard) are effective after one week. You probably will not be or get pregnant from this incident, but if you don't want to become pregnant or have scares always use a backup form of protection!
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