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how long does it take for birth control to work

A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
36 years experience Family Medicine
1 cycle: Ideally, you should use 2 types of birth control for the first cycle.
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Depends: Many suggest you have a 2nd BC until your body gets used to the pill, or about a month.Some pill makers say their product is effective after 2 wks. I ... Read More

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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dale Kristle
39 years experience Gynecology
After a month: is effective after the 1st month of use
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Walter Kobasa
36 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Quickly: If you start the pill with your period or on the sunday after your period it is highly effective the first month. Most people use a back up for the f ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paula Hillard
43 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
It depends: It depends on when in your cycle you started the pills. If you started on the first day of bleeding, it's effective right away. If later in your cyc ... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nicole Bullock
16 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
2 weeks: Most hormonal birth control (pills, patch, vaginal ring, Depo-Provera shot, Nexplanon arm insert) ... All generally take 2 weeks to be effective. The ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sung Taylor
22 years experience Family Medicine
Usually 1 day: Your birth control will start helping within 1 day.
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Laura McMullen
20 years experience Pediatrics
You : You should use a back-up method of birth control (such as a condom) for the first 7 days you are on the pill. After that, as long as you take the pil ... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Peter Baumann
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
2nd cycle: During the first cycle a woman's body may still need to adjust to the birth control pill. During the second cycle the she will experience the full pro ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Yash Khanna
56 years experience Family Medicine
With the First Pill: It start working with the first pill as long you take one pill at the same time every day.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Brown
43 years experience Gynecology
Two weeks: Standard practice is to advise 'back-up' contraception (condoms) during the first month on the pill. The truth is, a couple of weeks is really enough ... Read More

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