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Is it safe to have unprotected sex while taking the inactive pills the first month you start taking birth control?

Yes. Your birth control pills continue to work even during the week you take the inactive (AKA “placebo” or “reminder”) pills. You’re equally protected from pregnancy throughout the month, as long as you take your pills correctly, meaning 1 pill every day without missing or skipping. 

But it’s still a good idea to use a condom along with the pill when you have vaginal sex. Even though the pill is really good at preventing pregnancy on its own, condoms double down on the pregnancy prevention and protect you from STDs, too.

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