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Winfield, WV
A 18-year-old female asked:

If you are switching birth control pills and switch after your period week, do you have to use a back up birth control method?

1 doctor answer5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Clarene Cress
Specializes in Pediatrics
No: If you are switching from one brand of BCP to another brand and starting on the day you would normally start a new package, you should have extended coverage. Also, if you have not been on the pill, but start using BC pills within 3-4 days after the onset of menses, that should also be effective without needing back up birth control. A reminder: BCP is not adequate for infection prevention.

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Last updated Mar 30, 2017

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