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Piqua, OH
A 23-year-old female asked:

does stopping birth control usually cause periods to be early or late?

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Dr. Douglas Lawson
Obstetrics and Gynecology 28 years experience
Sometimes: If you stop your pill mid cycle you are more likely to have withdrawal bleeding and some women have post pill amenorrhea for several months (meaning no menses).

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A 30-year-old member asked:

Is it okay to take birth control a little bit out of schedule, like two hours late or early?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Jumnah Thanapathy
Obstetrics and Gynecology 46 years experience
Yes: An hour here or there usually does not make a difference. However a delay may sometimes cause breakthrough bleeding. To avoid this it is best to set your alarm and take it at the same time each day.
A 22-year-old female asked:

Can birth control cause cycle to come early?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Yes : If you miss a pill. Otherwise, the cycle is quite regulated by oral contraceptives. If your period is erratic, you may need a different dose of contraceptive. Talk to your gyn.
A 32-year-old member asked:

Start new pack of birth control early?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
You can: Some women do well with an extended cycle with their birth control pills, in order to avoid some of their periods. You can discuss that with your doctor. If you mean to start the new pack before taking all of the placebo pills, then yes you could do that as well - you should discuss this with your doctor as well.
Jonesboro, AR
A 17-year-old female asked:

If i take my birth control 30mins early one night will it effect anything? Or if i take it 30min late? Will it still work?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Susan Dantoni
Obstetrics and Gynecology 26 years experience
Birth Control timing: Yes, it will still work. You do not have to take it exactly the same time each day. You just don't really want to take it in the morning one day and the evening another. Better to try and take it every 24 hours but it is ok if you are off by an hour or so.
Fort Lauderdale, FL
A 20-year-old female asked:

Does it matter if I start my combined birth control 7 hours early than usual (9PM)? Im consistent?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Doris Ramirez nessetti
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
no. It's preferred to start it at the same time everyday but if you are off a couple of hours it still works

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Last updated Jan 6, 2013

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