I had been taking the dianette pill for a month then after having my period I starting taking the microgynon pill. Because of the change will I still have had contraceptive cover in the first few days after my period?


For most oral contraceptives,

For most oral contraceptives, if you start on the first day of your period, it is considered effective right away. It takes up to seven days for the hormones to become fully effective. However, the first seven days of a woman's cycle are already infertile, so no additional protection is required.

If you start the method on any other day than the first day of your period, you need to use a backup plan for up to seven days. For the minipill, you may need a backup method for 28 days, but Microgynon is not a minipill, so your pills should be fully effective, even when switching brands.

Best of luck,
Dr. Williams

Monnica Williams, Ph.D.
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