I will eventually get brave enough to post outside this subject on this forum, but for now I have another BC question. Ha. Thanks in advance to anyone patient enough to answer. On my first pack of BC pills (Microgestin), approaching the inactive pill week. I had one late pill in the second week (7 hrs), took Plan B, and had a few days of loose stools. Not full-out diarrhea, though, and not right after taking the pills. I understand this can reduce effectiveness of the pill. It's been a week+ since the last of the issues. And other than the issues mentioned, I've taken every pill perfectly. I want to know if my BC, even with these issues during the first pack, will be at full effectiveness at: a) last couple days of the active pills - Almost 3 weeks of pills, including 7+ days of perfect use = full effectiveness? b) during the inactive pill week - Enough hormones in the system to protect during hormone-free week? I'm wondering if we ought to continue to use condoms (or withdrawal?) until I start my next pack. Educated advice? Uneducated opinions? Both are welcome.