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Contraceptive pills not consumed for some time - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Very Good Posted in: Menstruation and Miscarriage
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Practicing since : 2005
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User :   Hi
I have been taking Cerazette for several years now and they have worked fine. I took a break from them but have started again. I started mid cycle. How long does it take before I am protected?
Doctor :   Hi
User :   I have been taking Cerazette for several years but recently took a break from it. I have started again mid cycle. How long does it take before I'm protected again?
Doctor :   Normally u shoud start cerazette, on the first day of the cycle
Doctor :   if you start in midcycle , the effectiveness will be reduced
User :   Yes I realised that just now - hence the question. Now that I have started I am wondering how long it will take. 7 days?
Doctor :   and you might need to have an additional method of contraception along with it
Doctor :   may i know on which day of the cycle have you started it ?
User :   I finished my period about a week ago.
Doctor :   so u are on day 12 of your cycle probably
Doctor :   5 + 7 days = 12
User :   something like that - yes
Doctor :   yes it will take another 7 days , before the effect of the pills start
Doctor :   you may not be properly protected dueing the current cycle in this case
User :   that's absolutely fine. I just wanted to make sure if I will be safe after 7 days or if I have to wait longer.
Doctor :   yes
Doctor :   you will be safe after day 18 of the cycle
Doctor :   but until then, in case you should use a condom for additional protection
Doctor :   I hope you have followed my advice
User :   Super.So just to be absolutely clear. After day 18 I will be safe? Yes will absolutely follow your advise. will not take chances - hence writing to you.
Doctor :   yes, u will be safe after day 18
User :   Thank you very much for your answer.
Doctor :   you are most welcome
Doctor :   take care and have a good evening
Doctor :   bye for now
User :   bye bye - thanks
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