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messed my system up or will it stabilize ?

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I'm 27 years old and I'm taking birth control for the first time, well I didn�t read correctly (I have a Master's degree!!!) and I didn't take the white pills first. I finished the white pills and maybe four of the green pills and my period came maybe three days late. I've started a new cycle of pills and have taken a white pill first. Have I completely messed my system up or will it stabilize during this cycle. Also I had very bad cramps on the onset of my period, is that normal? Because of my mistake, is it better for my partner and I to have protected sex until I finish my white pills or are we fine? I�m taking Ortho Tri-Cyclen.

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replied February 24th, 2011
Birth Control Answer A20009
Welcome to ehealthforum.
If you have started fresh pack of birth control pills, it can be taken as your first pack since you messed up with the last one. Use back-up form of protection (condom/spermicide etc) to remain protected if having intercourse while being on the current pack of pills. You can start having unprotected intercourse while being on next pack of pills. Do not miss taking the active pills at a scheduled time every day, and start with your next pack on time without fail to have continued protection. If you miss taking 2 or more than 2 active pills anytime, then you will have to use back-up form of protection (condom/spermicide etc) to remain protected.
Take care.

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