Birth control and protection during sugar pills


Q: I'm on birth control and it gives me a seven day period of sugar pills so that i can have a period. my period always starts three days after my pills end and lasts for four days and then i start up my pills all over again. my question is, during that seven day period, if i have sex on one of the three days before my period starts, can i get pregnant since i'm not technically taking any pills?


A:   Although the birth control pill is never 100% effective, the chances of you getting pregnant are next to none if you take them properly. Even while on the sugar pills, you are still protected from becoming pregnant.

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Guest: dear ask the doctor. i have a problem to my wife and also in me were ,i am very capable in giving birth , now my problem is how surely can get intercourse to my wife with no fertilisation

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