I’m on the pill. Is it safe to have sex during the week I get my period, when I don’t take the pill?
By Attia @ Planned Parenthood | July 1, 2020, 3:19 p.m.
Category: Birth Control
I’ve been taking the pill for a few months, and today my boyfriend is round, and we want to have sex, but I’m about to start my period, so I’m not taking my pill… Is it okay to have sex?
Yes. When you’re on the pill, it’s okay to have sex anytime, even during your period week — the week when you don’t take the pill or take placebo pills instead. As long as you’ve been taking your pill every day and starting your pill packs on time, you’re protected from pregnancy even during that off week.
The pill works by preventing your ovaries from releasing eggs — a process called ovulation. If ovulation doesn’t happen, then no egg is present for sperm to join with - a process called fertilization. If fertilization doesn’t happen, then you can’t get pregnant. So even during the week that you’re not taking the pill, you’re protected from pregnancy.
Tags: period, birth control pills, placebo pills