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Can i start birth control before my period

A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Rochester
Family Medicine 26 years experience
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 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Probably: When starting the pill at mid-cycle, you should expect some irregular and unpredictable bleeding that may come and go for several cycles. By the end ... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Swor
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
Pelvic pain: You need to test for pregnancy and make sure there is no ectopic pregnancy. If the painful cramping persists then see the gyn specialist or emergency ... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Dansie
Family Medicine 16 years experience
Menstrual Cycle: Normal menstrual cycle is every 28 days (21-35 days normal), with about 5 days of bleeding (2-8 days normal). Some spotting a few days before your exp... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Karen Jones
Obstetrics and Gynecology 37 years experience
No: Break through bleeding is when a woman on birth control pills has bleeding that is at the wrong time. This can happen the first 2 cycles of starting ... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Whiting
Obstetrics and Gynecology 27 years experience
Not likely: Being on Birth control pills will prevent 95-97% of all pregnancies no matter when you have intercourse. If you have a normal period in flow, timing ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Brown discharge: Is usually older blood being cleaned from the uterus. You could have some break through bleeding. If it continues please contact your gynecologist.
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. R. scott Thornton
Gynecology 42 years experience
Can be normal: If you didn't miss any pills then you probably have breakthrough bleeding. If you have been on the pill for at least three months and this is happenin... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Anne Phelan-adams
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Common: The hormones in oral contraceptives basically take over your normal menstrual cycle. The dark discharge could be left over menstrual blood from your ... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Juchau
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Normal variation: Likely just a normal variation in the timing of your period.

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