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Will I be safe ?

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Obiwanfan031

Hey, I have a question about the ‘pill’. I use ‘Gedarel’ and have done for a couple of years now however, now I’m in a relationship I am thinking about having sexual intercourse, I hadn’t been on the pill for several months until my last 21 day cycle, I’m currently on my 5th day of my 7 day period and will begin to start my next 21 day cycle on Wednesday, Will I be safe from getting pregnant?

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These are tyke instructions from the Gedarel packet regarding how quickly you're covered from;

How long after taking Gedarel 20 are you protected?

If you start using Gedarel 20 on days 1-5 of your period, you should be protected from pregnancy immediately, provided you don’t have a short or irregular menstrual cycle.

If you start after day 1 and have short/irregular menstrual cycle you’ll need to use condoms for 7 days if you have sex. Your clinician will be able to advise if you need to use extra contraception in the first 7 days if you have sex.

If you've been taking it from the start of your period or for longer than 7 days then it should be fine.

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Obiwanfan031 in reply to Seb9

Thank you for your help! X

21 days is a short cycle, so you should take the pill for at least 7 days to be safe. Couldn't quite understand from the wording if you have beenm Talk to your gp, or look online about continuous pill taking where you don't take a break after 21 days as it is safer in terms of pregnancy.

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