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can i start birth control before my period

A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Rochester
25 years experience Family Medicine
Yes: Should be ok and should not affect start of your period. We ask that you start on day of your period to try and keep your cycles the same and not cha ... Read More
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A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
29 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
No - it would be OK: You will still have effective contraception, you will likely just have a shorter period. Some women do an extended cycle with their ocp's by discardi ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Joy Jackson
18 years experience Family Medicine
If : If you did not start your birth control for the first time the sunday after your period, then you run the risk of having abnormal periods, at least fo ... Read More
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Renee Harris
36 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
With few days: You can either start the pill on the first day of bleeding or the sunday while you are still bleeding. Sunday starts will keep your periods away from ... Read More
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
36 years experience Family Medicine
Possibly: Possibly.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience Rheumatology
See details: Put ice on it. If pain and/or swelling persists, get the hand evaluated and x rayed.
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bac Nguyen
22 years experience Family Medicine
Yes, likely u will: Like most long term medications, the effect takes time and typically requires multiple dose before attaining a steady level for therapeutic effect. Si ... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paula Hillard
43 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Not right away: Many drs tell women to start the pill on the first day of their period. The period may then be slightly shorter. Not to worry. Just take every day ... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mary David
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Wait: Starting birth control after your period starts makes more sense. You won't get any protection any earlier if you start now and you won't delay your p ... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Traub
18 years experience Fertility Medicine
Maybe: it is possible you will prevent your periods. but it is not always so predictable. you may just have abnormal bleeding from the pills. it depends on t ... Read More

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