Post # 1
I started the pill the start of my period, so 2ish weeks. The doctor reccomended back up contraceptive for an enitre month. The instructions say a week or immediate protection when starting the pill on 1st day of period. Thoughts? Experiences?
Post # 4
In a cost-benefit analysis, the cost of using a backup method for the full month (even if not strictly required) is well worth the benefit of being extra sure of not getting pregnant. Which worst case scenario are you more comfortable with:
- 4 weeks of backup: you don’t get pregnant but you lose out on 3 weeks of bareback sex, or
- 1 week of backup: you get 3 extra weeks of bareback sex but you get pregnant
Post # 5
Just use condoms as a back-up for the first month. Better safe than sorry.
Post # 7
Yeah I would use condoms for the first month for sure, especially if you are seriously trying to avoid a pregnancy at this time
Post # 8
We used condoms for the first month.
Post # 9
At the office I worked in, we told patients if they started the pill at the start of their period, they were covered. If it would be an absolute life ender/deal breaker if you got pregnant or you’re CFBC, then use condoms for a month. We’ve never had a patient who started the pill with their period and got pregnant that month. I was there for 6 years.
Post # 10
I would follow the instructions that came with that specific pill. They can all be different.