(Closed) Another Birth Control Question…when won’t you need backup?

posted 8 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I was off the pill for a few months for the same reason. Switching insurance companies is a pain! My doctor said 7 days as well. But definitely stick with what makes you comfortable, otherwise you’ll just worry and it will drive you nuts!

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper

I agree – go with what makes you feel comfortable. If a month or two of backup eases your mind, it’s better to be safe than oops!

Post # 5
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

7 days is what i’ve been told. i’d have a backup until you’re used to the pill and until you’re very in control of it. Such as taking it at the same time every day and letting it get in your system. I’d probably give it a couple of weeks. I’m on Seasonale–it made me nauseus at first and feel a little out of it. After a couple weeks the side affects disappeared though.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I was always under the impression that if you stop for more than a few days, you basically start over again, as if you weren’t on the pill at all. I thought it was about 3 months to be honest. If you read the booklet that comes with your pills, it should tell you.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee

I’ve always just used backup for 7 days and have been fine! That’s what my doctors and the pamphlet have said.  Definitely do what will make you comfortable though.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I switched from Mirena (an IUD) to Seasonique.  My doctor told me to use back up for a month because they work differently.  I can’t imagine that it’s much different from going from no BC to the pill, so if it were me, I’d probably use back up for a month.  I’d rather have that inconvience for 30 days then to have an ill-timed blessing.

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

7 days

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

@bluebutterfly, I always always use backup for 1 month if I need to stop taking the pill. If you and the FI can’t use condoms as backup what about the vaginal film stuff? I read about it online and it kills the little bluebutterfly makers on contact. Might be worth checking out?!

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I agree – I missed one pill this weekend. Totally threw me for a loop when the calendar said Sunday and the pack was on Saturday. So, I’m going to be extra careful for the next month (until I have a new pack under my belt) because my dress does not allow for a pregnant belly!

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I’ve worked for several years as a pharmacy technician and we normally recommend using alternate protection for the first month when starting a new type of birth control.  I’ve heard of people doing less, but if I were you I wouldn’t risk walking down the aisle preggers.

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

7 days – i could never wait longer than that and have confirmed w/a few docs.

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I always did 7 days but if you feel the need to go longer there’s no harm. 

And I’d second using a spermicide, either the film or gel, as a back up (after the first 7 days.)  It’s not something I’d trust by itself but as a back up it works really well. 

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