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A 25-year-old female asked:

I am on the mini pill, how effective is it?should i use an another birth control method in addition to the pill?just had a baby 5 weeks ago!

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Dr. Renee Harris
Obstetrics and Gynecology 37 years experience
It is effective: The minipill is very effective if taken correctly. After you have been on it for a week, you are protected. You need to rake it everyday at about the same time (i usually tell my patients within a 3 hour range). If you are late taking the pill, or forget it, you will need to use backup contraception (like condoms) for the next 2 days. Keeping your pills by your toothbrush or coffeepot may help.
Dr. George Kingsley III
Obstetrics and Gynecology 31 years experience
For a while: The mini pill is a progestin-only pill (contains no estrogen) and is commonly used post-partum especially for women who are breast-feeding. The first month is not 100% effective so i recommend condom use until you've had a period and started on your second pack of pills. Congrats on the new baby!

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Last updated Jan 8, 2015

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