A member asked:

When is it safe to have unprotected sex after starting birth control? i start taking lutera birth control 3 days ago and i want to know when it is safe to have unprotected sex. after 7 days? a month?

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Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine

If : If you have started your birth control pills as directed, meaning you started either on the first day or the sunday after the beginning of your period, then birth control pills will be effective after 7 days. You will need to use a back up method if you did not start the birth control pill in alignment with your menstral cycle. This is also true for birth control shots and patches. The reason being, you may have ovulated (released an egg) after your period, making pregancy very likely if you have unprotected sex.

Answered 10/3/2016

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Dr. Paula Hillard answered

Specializes in Obstetrics & Gynecology

Use backup x 7 days: The evidence show that the pill is effective after 7 day.

Answered 12/9/2013

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