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Birth Control Effectiveness

Patient: When does the average birth control pill become effective after the first day you start taking it?

 

 

Doctor: THe majority of birth controls become effective in pregnancy prevention within 7 days of your first pill.  In my practic ce, I routinely advise patients to use a back up method of contraception (condom) for the first month.  Better safe than sorry. I hope that helps.

 


 

 
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Dr. Jimmy Obaji M.D.

Dr. Jimmy Obaji M.D.

Dr. Jimmy Obaji completed his residency in Family Medicine at the University of Manitoba. He currently operates a walk-in-clinic in downtown Toronto.

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