Quick Answer: Can You Get Pregnant On Inactive Pills?


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 the pill correctly and consistently, you’re protected from pregnancy even during that off week.15 Jan 2013

Can you get pregnant on the pill?

Yes. Although birth control pills have a high success rate, they can fail and you can get pregnant while on the pill. Certain factors increase your risk of getting pregnant, even if you’re on birth control. Keep these factors in mind if you’re sexually active and want to prevent an unplanned pregnancy.18 Oct 2016

What does the inactive pill do?

The birth control pills for the last week do not contain any active hormones. However, people who decide to skip the placebo pills must remember to restart the next pill pack on time. They need to skip no more than 7 days of pills to continue to prevent pregnancy.21 Sep 2018

How many days after last pill does period start?

You can expect your period sometime during this hormone-free week. The day after you take your last sugar pill, you start a new pack of pills. If you have a 21-day pack, you will take one pill with hormones every day at the same time for 21 days (week 1-3). Then for the next 7 days (week 4) you will not take any pills.

Are you still protected during 7 day break?

It is important that you do NOT miss more than 7 hormone pills. You need to start taking hormone pills after 7 days even if you are still bleeding, or you will not be protected against pregnancy. If you continue to have irregular bleeding, you should return to the clinic for advice.