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Got pregnant inbetween contraception??

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alexleigh93 · 23/10/2018 22:22

Last week, I had my third implant taken out and immediatly began Cerazette that day. My GP explained I would be protected straight away. I assumed this was because of the hormones from the implant being continued by more hormones.
On the 4th day of the pill me and my fiance DTD unprotected and I have since looked online and since seen it says wait 7 days for it to work?! I know the difference of 3 days might not be a lot and I'm hoping my body was/is not able to conceive at the minute. But I'm paranoid.
Should I take the morning after pill?? I've heard being on the pill makes the morning after pill ineffective anyway? Will the previous implant have helped? PT negative but only been 2 days.
Don't get me wrong. VERY broody! However, wedding is in, guess when....9 months exactly!
Any advice please?!

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RedDrink · 23/10/2018 22:47

I would take the morning after pill anyway. I'm not sure why it would be less effective but you weren't effectively covered by BC at the time so better safe than sorry.

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GoToSleepLittleBear · 24/10/2018 02:28

I'm a GP Smile

Your GP was correct - no need for a period of abstinence/condoms when switching from implant to Cerazette. The reason for this is that the both contain the same class of hormone, called progestogen, and the main way in which it acts as a contraceptive is that it suppresses ovulation, so if you started Cerazette immediately after your implant was removed there would be no interruption to the supply of progestogen within your body, and therefore no additional risk of ovulation occurring.

I'm not sure where you got that information from, but it's not entirely correct. As some general information, if a woman who is not previously taking any type of hormonal contraception starts a progestogen-only pill (called POP for short) on Day 1-5 of her menstrual cycle then she has contraceptive cover immediately with no need for an additional period of abstinence/condoms. If you start a POP later in your cycle, then for the older POPs which contained a different type of progestogen (brand names include Micronor, Noriday, Norgeston) we advise 7 days of abstinence/condoms, but for the newer POPs which contain a progestogen called desogestrel (Cerazette, Cerelle) then you only need 48 hours of precautions. The other main difference is that for the older POPs you have to take the pill within the same 3 hour window every day, with the newer ones, including Cerazette, you have a 12 hour window.

Hope this helps!

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Musicaltheatremum · 24/10/2018 07:51

What go to sleep said! GP here too.

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CantChoose · 24/10/2018 08:15

Another GP here, agree with the above. Here is the 'official' guidance - the smiley face symbol means immediate protection with nothing additional required.

Got pregnant inbetween contraception??
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ZigZagIntoTheBlue · 24/10/2018 08:31

I thought this was going to be a thread about the mirena coil - I had mine removed almost spur of the moment during a smear with no questions about if we'd been abstaining...my son is 3 now and luckily he's a keeper or I would've been tempted to get on to Mr spur of the moment gynae and hit him up for some maintenance given the hand he had in my husband and I conceiving ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

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alexleigh93 · 24/10/2018 11:33

Thank you for all the messages especially GotoSleep. Big weight off my mind. I have been on Lloyds Pharmacy, NHS and numerous other websites and just got quite confused as I've read both Cerazette takes 2 days to work and then 7 on a different page. But thanks for explaining clearly.

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