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How long does it take the birth control pill to work

A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Walter Kobasa
Obstetrics and Gynecology 37 years experience
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 female asked:
Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
Internal Medicine 41 years experience
Birth : Birth control pills introduce hormones to your body that your body is not regularly used to. Many women often experience nausea when they first start ... Read More
Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics and Gynecology 44 years experience
Take at bedtime: Nausea can happen for 5-10% of women in the first cycle. Taking at bedtime may help. It's important to take the same time every day and not miss. Ty... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
Maternal-Fetal Medicine 26 years experience
Preferably.: As with any medication, maintaining a circadian (daily) rhythm helps maximize the efficacy of ocps too. That does not mean that you should stress out ... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Still as effective: As long as a woman takes her daily combination birth control pill (such as Reclipsen) within 2-3 hours of the usual time that she takes her pill each ... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Laura Anissian
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
Yes: It does not matter what time you take it, but ideally you want to take it close to the same time every day.
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathy Robinson
Family Medicine 32 years experience
It should not: Most women return to fertility within a few months after stopping birth control pills. Once your cycles are regular off the pills then you should be a... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
Pediatrics 41 years experience
At least a cycle: With any bcp you should use additional protection for at least one month. After that time, you can be more confident in the contraceptive effect but ... Read More
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 61 years experience
Internist or GP: I wasn't aware of a contraindication between statins and oral contraceptives. There are other options to use for hyperlipidemia depending upon how sev... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Use back up: Protection for the first month that you are taking oral contraceptives.
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Colton
Obstetrics and Gynecology 29 years experience
Birth control pills: Some pills are chewable and start dissolving right away. Those that are swallowed will start upon entering the stomach and take about 30-45 minutes d... Read More

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