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How long should I use back up birth control protection?

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Dr. David Kurss
Obstetrics & Gynecology
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In brief: Depends

Generally use backup - condoms, abstinence, if you miss 2 or more pills.
You should read the package insert because each brand may have a slight variation in their recomendations. If you start the pill on day one of cycle, generally no need for initial back-up. This is considered the ideal method. Many use the sunday start - which is best done in conjunction with back up for first week.

In brief: Depends

Generally use backup - condoms, abstinence, if you miss 2 or more pills.
You should read the package insert because each brand may have a slight variation in their recomendations. If you start the pill on day one of cycle, generally no need for initial back-up. This is considered the ideal method. Many use the sunday start - which is best done in conjunction with back up for first week.
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