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Does It Apply to Each Month?

On Sunday night I finished up my period and started taking my active pill again. Monday morning I had sex though, without a condom although we used the pull-out method. As paranoid as I am though, I read through the birth control pamplet and it said to use a back-up method for the first 7 days after taking your first active pill. Does that only apply to first time users or every time you start your first active pill of the month? I've been on the pill for 3 months now.

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replied July 10th, 2007
you're fine. when it says to use backup for the first seven days. it just means for the first month. after the first seven days of the first month you are protected. as long as you take them on time everyday, you shouldnt worry. =)
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replied July 10th, 2007
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Yeah, twinkletoes is right on. Once you are past the first 7 days of the first month you are on birth control, as long as you continue to use it properly you will be protected every day of every month after that (yes, including the pill-free or placebo pill days).

No need to use the pull-out "method". You are 99% protected and I'm sure your partner would agree the extra teeny amount of "protection" given by the pull-out "method" isn't worth it.
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