I've been on the pill for over a week but

Patient

Q: I've been on the pill for over a week but I started it wrong. I took a sugar pill on the first day of my period and continued throughout my period and took 3 active ones after it ended. I thought if you start taking the pill on the first day of your period you're immediately protected but apparently that only applies to active tablets. I had unprotected sex where he came inside me. I went and got the morning after pill 10 hours after sex. Should I be worried about pregnancy?

Doctor

A:   Hello,
Thanks for the query.

You are only protected after 7 days of starting the active pills and not when you take sugar pills instead of active pills. Also, since you have had a sexual intercourse and taken an emergency pill on time, it reduces the chances of pregnancy. However, there is always a failure rate of 0.5% with emergency pills and it is better to do a pregnancy test after 14 days of intercourse or on the day of missed period to rule out pregnancy.

Hope this helped.
Regards

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