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Should i start the next pack of ocella (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol) birth control without finishing the placebo pills if i start my period? More effective than finishing the pack?

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Dr. Christina Adberg
Obstetrics & Gynecology

In brief: Maybe

Birth control pills that come in packs of 24 active pills and 4 placebos claim to have higher contraceptive efficacy.
We think it may be because there is less time for the ovaries to "wake up" and begin the process of ovulating. It stands to reason that a shorter placebo week in a regular birth control pack would have the same benefit. There's no real downside to starting the new pack early.

In brief: Maybe

Birth control pills that come in packs of 24 active pills and 4 placebos claim to have higher contraceptive efficacy.
We think it may be because there is less time for the ovaries to "wake up" and begin the process of ovulating. It stands to reason that a shorter placebo week in a regular birth control pack would have the same benefit. There's no real downside to starting the new pack early.
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