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I started taking birth control pills last month and just finished my sugar pills (period). im taking a new pack of pills right now and wondering how long it takes for the pills to resume high efficacy against pregnancy. a few hours? days?

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Dr. John Berryman answered

Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology

Regardless of the "brand" of oral bcp's, if the"placebo" ("sugar") pills are taken for seven days, then a new series of active pills is started, the contraception afforded is 96-98 % effective in preventing pregnancy.

Answered 1/18/2023

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