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During the pill rest period should I use a condom?

By Silvia Azaña Gutiérrez B.Sc., M.Sc. (embryologist).
Last Update: 04/26/2022

No, it is not necessary as long as all the hormone-containing tablets have been taken correctly. This means that if the contraceptive pill is used correctly, the woman maintains contraceptive efficacy in the rest or placebo period and therefore does not need to use a barrier method of contraception.

However, it is important to remember that the contraceptive pill does not protect against sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). For this reason, condoms should be used in any sexual intercourse where there is a risk of STDs.

 Silvia Azaña Gutiérrez
Silvia Azaña Gutiérrez
B.Sc., M.Sc.
Embryologist
Graduate in Health Biology from the University of Alcalá and specialized in Clinical Genetics from the same university. Master in Assisted Reproduction by the University of Valencia in collaboration with IVI clinics.
License: 3435-CV
Embryologist. Graduate in Health Biology from the University of Alcalá and specialized in Clinical Genetics from the same university. Master in Assisted Reproduction by the University of Valencia in collaboration with IVI clinics. License: 3435-CV.