I had sexual intercourse last night and my partner ejaculated inside of me. Today I will start my sugar pills on the first pack of birth control, should I be worried of getting pregnant?

If someone is taking birth control pills correctly, consistently and all of time you are protected from pregnancy up to 99% for the entire month. The birth control pills elevate the hormones to prevent ovulation – when an egg is released from an ovary – each month. The three weeks of hormonal pills effectively prevent ovulation for the entire month, so when someone is taking the placebo pills (which contain no hormones) that person still won’t ovulate.

Remember, the pill is up to 99% effective when taken correctly and consistently. Some questions someone on the pill may want to ask themselves when wondering if they are taking the 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?

It’s also important to remember that hormonal 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!