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Question: Switching Brands of Birth Control


 quickquestion33 - Mon May 04, 2009 6:45 pm

I've been on Lutera (generic of Alesse) for 2 months now. I'm switching to Portia starting this month. When I was prescribed Lutera, the doctor said to wait 1 week (7 days) until I'd be protected. My question is, switching to Portia, how long until I am protected now? 1 week??
 Debbie Miller, RN - Tue May 12, 2009 6:26 pm

User avatar Hello,
If you continued on oral contraception with only the one week break most plans allow with either a placebo or pill-free period, then resumed with the new pill on the usual schedule you should not have to wait at all for protection to continue. The brand switch would not increase your chances of pregnancy.

Best wishes.
 quickquestion33 - Mon May 18, 2009 10:38 pm

A follow up question...
If I've started my new brand of birth control but am going out of town the week my period is scheduled, would it be bad to start my new pack in place of my placebo week to skip my cycle while being out of town? This would normally be OK, if not done frequently, I understand. But since this is my first month on this new pack of pills is the reason why I'm curious.

Thank you for your time and answers.

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