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when should you start your birth control

A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Adam Levy
Dr. Adam Levy answered
37 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Pill Failure, Spot: Starting the pill mid-cycle or anytime in the cycle has become more common. This may lead to a pill "failure" ie pregnancy, if backup method is not us ... Read More

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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Linda Schroth
43 years experience Family Medicine
Probably not: You cannot count on a birth control pill stopping ovulation and preventing pregnancy until you have taken 7 pills in a row.
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Dr. Bac Nguyen
23 years experience Family Medicine
Not likely: Ovulation is a rather delicate/complex process that usually takes about 2 weeks from the start of the cycle to time of ovulation.. Regular use/timely ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Fein
Specializes in Preventive Medicine
Prevent ovulation: The ovary wants to release an egg every month, and the production of the cyst to release that egg can start as early as the 3rd or 4th day after your ... Read More
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Dr. Wayne Ingram
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Great place to start: Starting on your period means that you are initially not pregnant and the medication can have the maximum desired impact on you pituitary and ovaria ... Read More
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Nguyen
11 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Possibly.: your period usually stops when your body has gotten rid of all the destabilized uterine lining, caused by the loss of hormones that precedes a period. ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Yashica Robinson White
17 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Many options: There are many options available for effective contraception. The best method for you depends on your age, medical history, your contraceptive goals ( ... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Sudler
40 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Safer than Pregnancy: Since the birth control method is not specifed in the queston. In general, if a patient does not have contraindications to a specific method of birth ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Wendy Askew
24 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
>95%: With "perfect" use (that is : not missing pills, and taking pills at the approximately same time everyday) more than 95% effective at preventing pregn ... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeff Livingston
22 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Depends: This depends on where you live and what kind of birth control you want. The cheapest method i know of is to use a brand of pills called sprintec. It i ... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeff Livingston
22 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Best for you: The best birth control method is the one that you like and the one that you will use. There are many options. Any obgyn should be able to guide you th ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carol Peters-tanksley
35 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
It all depends: Different birth control methods have different safety profiles. It depends on a individual woman's medical circumstances.
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