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Two week break from pill ?

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I've been living and working abroad for 10 months out of a one year contract. Before I went, I visited my family doctor and was prescribed one year's worth of the birth control pills I've been using for approx. 4 years. I should add these are mostly for health reasons as opposed to actual contraceptive reasons. However, due to some changes in my job, I will be staying abroad a month longer and as a result, will finish my last pack twenty days before I fly home. Therefore, taking into account the 'pill-free week', I should really have started my next pack thirteen days before I fly home.
I'm 100% positive I can protect myself from pregnancy during that time, but concerned that I will basically be back to square one when I get home and get my pills. In other words, will I have to get used to taking the pill again, like I did when I first started taking it? Will I experience all the side effects etc? Or is two weeks too short a break for that to occur?
Many thanks for your help.

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replied June 27th, 2010
Birth Control Answer A13581
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If the pill given to you is due to medical reasons, then you should continue taking it. Meet a gynecologist in your location at present, and ask for prescription of the medication you are taking. If it is available in that country it will be prescribed to you, if not, then any alternative (containing 3 milligrams of progestogen drospirenone and 30 micrograms of oestrogen ethinylestradiol with a different brand name) will be prescribed to you.
If you miss the last twenty days of your pills, you will have to restart them, and it might take some time to give you same effects as now.
Take care.

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