How do I switch from injection to pill?
If you’re switching from a birth control pill to a shot, get your first shot 7 days before you stop taking the pill. You need to finish you pill pack before you switch methods. If you switch from the shot to a pill, you can take your first pill up to 15 weeks after your last birth control shot.
How long does the birth control shot take to kick in?
Exactly when the birth control shot starts working depends on when you get it, but it never takes more than seven days to become effective. If you get the birth control shot within the first seven days after the start of your period, you’re protected from pregnancy immediately.
Is the pill or the injection better?
When combination birth control pills are taken correctly, they are up to 99% effective in preventing pregnancy. Progestin-only pills are about 95% effective. The birth control shot (Depo-Provera) also is about 99% effective in preventing pregnancy (average annual failure rate is about 3%).
How long after starting birth control can you stop using condoms?
But depending on when you start and the kind of pill you’re using, you may need to use a backup birth control method — like condoms — for up to 7 days. If you start combination pills within 5 days after the first day of your period, you’ll be protected from pregnancy right away.
Do I need condoms if she’s on the pill?
You may have to wait for a certain period of time before it’s safe to start on the pill. Remember, the pill doesn’t protect against HIV or other sexually transmitted diseases, so you need to continue to use condoms every time you have sex, especially with new partners, to stay safe.
Am I protected after 3 days on the pill?
You will be protected against pregnancy straight away. If you start the pill later than 21 days after giving birth, you will need additional contraception (such as condoms) for the next 7 days.
Can you get pregnant the first week of birth control?
Yes. When you’re on the pill, it’s okay to have sex anytime, even during your period week — the week when you don’t take the pill or take placebo pills instead. As long as you’ve been taking your pill every day and starting your pill packs on time, you’re protected from pregnancy even during that off week.
What happens if I take 3 birth control pills in one day?
If you’ve accidentally taken any extra pills, carry on taking the rest of your packet as normal at the same time you usually take it each day. For example, if you usually take your pill at 8am every day: on Monday, you take your normal pill at 8am, but then take an extra pill by mistake at 8.15am.
Can I get pregnant if I take my pill 12 hours late?
Use back up contraception: taking a pill even 12 hours late may decrease your protection against pregnancy. Abstain or use condoms for 7 days. If you are less than 24 hours late: Take the missed pill right away.
Is the pill effective after 1 month?
When taken as directed, birth control pills are usually effective the first month you begin taking them. To be safe, some doctors recommend the use of another form of birth control, such as condoms and foam, during the first month. After the first month, you can just rely on the pill for birth control.