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A 20-year-old female asked:

I take a generic birth control brand called norethindrone acetate and ethinyl estradiol usp (1mg/0.02mg). am i safe from pregnancy during my 7 day break? my last pill was saturday (03/27/21) and i started my new pack today (04/04/21). am i on time?

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Dr. Yvette Kratzberg
Pediatrics 24 years experience
You are correct in your timing. Day 21 is your last pill, then you have 7 days off and you start the new pack on day 29 (day 1). The total cycle is 28 days before you start the new pack. Try to take your pill at around the same time every day for best effectiveness. If you miss even one pill, use an alternative form of birth control for 10 days while resuming your hormonal contraceptive.

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