I just started birth control?
If you begin using hormonal birth control (pill, patch, ring, and more) within a week of starting your period you will usually be protected from pregnancy right away. If you start a hormonal birth control in the middle of your cycle, you should use a complementary form of birth control, such as a condom, during the first month. Barrier methods of birth control have the same effectiveness each time they are used. Remember that even when the birth control is fully in effect, all birth control methods have a risk of failure. If you think that your birth control may have failed, come in for a free pregnancy test to know for sure if you may be pregnant.