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Today was my second placebo pill of my first pack of birth control pills. I am taking Generess Fe, and on the website/instructions in the package, the description says this pill is a chewable tablet. This is the first thing that worries me- since I am chewing it and not swallowing it whole like a pill, is Generess Fe less effective? Also, the instructions say that if you start your pack on the first day of your period, you can use it as your main form of contraception after 7 days. So, I waited until I took my 20th pill (last Friday, July 1st) to have sex for the first time without a condom. One of the reasons I went on the pill was to regulate my period, but now my problem is that tomorrow will be my third placebo pill and I still don't have my period. Could I be pregnant or could it be that my body isn't used to the pill? Should I be worried? Should I still start my second pack this Sunday after these placebo pills even if I still don't get my period before then? Thanks very much!!

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replied July 8th, 2011
Birth Control Answer A24825
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The placebo pills do not contain hormones in them, so whether you chew them or swallow them does not make any difference in their effectiveness. You are recommended to use additional protection if having intercourse during your first pill pack. Most hormonal contraceptive pills start giving you effective protection after about 3-4 weeks of regular use. Wait and watch for periods/withdrawal bleeding by the time you finish with the placebo pills. If periods/withdrawal bleeding does not occur by the time you finish the pill pack, then visit your doctor/gynecologist for further examination (to confirm pregnancy related changes/signs in body) and blood/serum HCG level test (to confirm/rule out pregnancy accurately). Do not start with the next birth control pill pack if you suspect to be pregnant. Look out for development of any other new symptoms suggestive of early pregnancy.
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