That’s a really great question! There is no change in effectiveness of your birth control or the side effects of that method based on if you are abstinent or sexually active. What really influences the effectiveness of your method is how well and how consistently you are taking it!
Some questions you may want to ask yourself when wondering if you are taking your pills correctly might be:
- Am I taking the pill at the same time every day?
- Am I missing or skipping any pills?
- Am I starting my new pack of pills when I’m supposed to?
- Am I on any other medications that may effect how my pills are working? (an example of this may be antibiotics)
All of these things can influence the effectiveness of your method. If you are following directions on how to take your pills properly, you will be over 97% protected from pregnancy. But remember, birth control methods do not protect you from STIs. Use dental dams and condoms during oral, anal, and vaginal sex to help reduce your risk of STI transmission!