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

Birth control works by preventing your ovaries from releasing eggs — a process called ovulation. If ovulation doesn’t occur, then no eggs are present. If no eggs are present, then you can’t get pregnant. So even during the week that you’re not taking the pill, you’re protected from pregnancy. Click here to learn more about how birth control pills prevent pregnancy.