How Long Does it Take for Birth Control to Become Effective?

How Long Does it Take for Birth Control to Become Effective?

How Long Does it Take for Birth Control to Become Effective?

 

With the continuing advancement of birth control methods, there are a variety of choices for women depending on their needs. Each form of birth control has its own pros and cons and the time it takes for them to start working varies, as well. And it’s no surprise that women often wonder how long it takes for their birth control to starting working.

 

Between hormone balances, PMS and period symptom control or, most obviously, safe sexual intercourse, it’s important to know when you can count on your birth control to work properly.

 

We’ll discuss some of the most common types of birth control methods and highlight how long each method takes until they start working. Knowing this is crucial for planning for a safe and healthy sexual life.

 

How Long Does it Take for Birth Control Pills to Become Effective?

 

Combination pill

If you start taking the combination pill on the first day of your period, you’ll be protected against pregnancy right away. However, if you don’t begin your pill pack until after your period has started, you’ll need to wait seven days before having unprotected sex. If you have sex during this time, be sure to use a barrier method, like a condom, for the first week.

 

Progestin-only pill

Women taking the progestin-only pill, which is sometimes called the mini-pill, should use a barrier method for two days after starting the pills. Likewise, if you accidentally skip a pill, you should use a back-up method for the next two days to ensure you’re fully protected against pregnancy.

 

How Long Does it Take for IUD Birth Control to Become Effective?

Copper IUD

The copper IUD is fully effective from the moment it’s inserted. You don’t have to rely on a secondary form of protection unless you intend to protect yourself from sexually transmitted disease.

 

Hormonal IUD

Most gynecologists will wait to insert your IUD until the week of your expected period. If your IUD is inserted within seven days of the beginning of your period, you’re immediately protected against pregnancy. If your IUD is inserted at any other time of the month, you should use a back-up barrier method for the next seven days.

 

How Long Does it Take for Implant Birth Control to Become Effective?

The implant is immediately effective if it’s inserted within the first five days of your period starting. If it’s inserted at any other time of the month, you won’t be fully protected against pregnancy until after the first seven days, and you will need to use a back-up barrier method.

 

How Long Does it Take for Injectable Birth Control to Become Effective?

If you get your first shot (Depo Provera) within five days of your period starting, you’ll be fully protected within 24 hours. If your first dose is administered after this time frame, you should continue to use a back-up barrier method for the next seven days.

 

To maintain efficacy, it’s important that you get your shot every 12 weeks. If you’re more than two weeks late getting a follow-up shot, you should continue to use a backup method for seven days after your follow-up shot.

 

How Long Does it Take for The Birth Control Patch to Become Effective?

After you apply your first contraceptive patch, there’s a seven-day wait before you’re fully protected against pregnancy. If you choose to have sex during that window, use a secondary form of birth control.

 

How Long Does it Take for The Vaginal Ring  Birth Control to Become Effective?

f your insert the vaginal ring on the first day of your period, you’re immediately protected against pregnancy. If you start using the vaginal ring at any other time of the month, you should use back-up birth control for the next seven days.

 

As you can see, the Copper IUD is the fastest acting birth control method. Did you know it can also be sued as emergency contraception? Read more about that here.


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Source credits: https://www.healthline.com/health/birth-control/how-long-does-birth-control-take-to-work#patch

 

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