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A 17-year-old member asked:

Waited 4 days to start birth control after period then took a pill everyday for 6 days. i had unprotected sex on day 6 was my birth control effective?

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Dr. John cuong Doan
Family Medicine 18 years experience
It is recommended: that you allow one full cycle (28 or 30 days) while beginning an oral contraceptive pill (aka birth control) to make sure your body "absorbs" and metabolizes the new medication effectively. That means you should not have unprotected intercourse for 1 month. There is no knowing for sure if the OCP is effective now, so I would be on the lookout for symptoms of pregnancy to be sure.

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Last updated Oct 2, 2015

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