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A 21-year-old male asked about a 21-year-old female:

how long should you be on birth control before having unprotected sex?

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Dr. Douglas Lawson
Obstetrics and Gynecology 28 years experience
The pill: In general after you have completed the first cycle pack it should be ok. However, taking the pill won't prevent stds, so consider a condom anyway. Condoms also help prevent hpv infection. Lastly, many new pill users will forget to take the pill and using a condom back up is smart for that reason as well.

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A 44-year-old member asked:

How long before i can have unprotected sex on birth control?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 37 years experience
See below: Being on the pill is protective.
A 34-year-old member asked:

How long will you have to wait before having unprotected sex on birth control?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Edward Jacobs
Obstetrics and Gynecology 46 years experience
Excellent question!: I usually recommend using back-up (condoms, spermicide, etc) for the entire first cycle (tho the manufacturer may say sooner, don't take a chance !)...
A 49-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me exactly when is it safe to have unprotected sex on birth control?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Andrea Moore
Obstetrics and Gynecology 18 years experience
1 week: A point of emphasis should be made. If you are not in a monogamous relationship, or even if you are, you should always use condoms to prevent sexually transmitted diseases. Birth control prevents pregnancy, but will not protect you against stds. If you are taking birth control correctly, the recommendation is to use backup protection (condoms) for at least one week after the start of birth control.
A 40-year-old member asked:

How much time do you have to wait before having unprotected sex on birth control?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
That depends on: the specific oral contraceptive. Either read the written directions that come with the contraceptive or google the specific contraceptive on line - to learn minimal period of time you have to take it to be effective.
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A 19-year-old female asked:

How long do you have to wait before having unprotected sex on birth control?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Cheryl Coldwater
Pediatrics 38 years experience
It depends: It depends on the type of birth control you are using. Check with your doctor. You will still need to use condoms for STD protection.

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