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A 32-year-old member asked:

i've taken 7 of the first birth control pills in the package but i amstill having my period. what's going on?

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Dr. Luis Gonzalez
Obstetrics and Gynecology 39 years experience
Normal: If your starting a new pill it may take time to suppress the menstrual flow . It may take a while. Keep taking the pill and consult your physician.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

Can my period be caused by missing birth control pills every once in a while?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Gregory Hines
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Yes: Although if you miss just the right pills, it can induce you to ovulate instead.
A 47-year-old member asked:

Can birth control pills stop my period?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
Maternal-Fetal Medicine 26 years experience
Sure.: If you take them without the placebo/iron pills each cycle x3, you can only have your period every 3 moths safely. Talk to your gynecologist before trying this, as it may not be the best idea for you.
A 36-year-old member asked:

Can I start taking birth control pills even if my period is over now?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
Maternal-Fetal Medicine 26 years experience
Yes.: You can start ocps the day you get your prescription filled. They will not work for the first month, though.
Dr. Norma jo Waxman
Family Medicine 33 years experience
That response is actually not accurate. You can start your pill any time during your cycle ( this is called quick start) and it will be effective one week after starting. You should use back up (like a condom) for one week, if you start your pill any time after the first week of your cycle. one month is unnecessary. Remember the first day that you get your period is the first day of your cycle.
Apr 1, 2014
A 40-year-old member asked:

Is it ok to skip the birth control pills while on my period?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Marcus Romanello
Emergency Medicine 18 years experience
Yes : The "period" pills are placebos - designed to keep you in the habit of daily pill ingestion.
A 33-year-old member asked:

Can i start taking my birth control pills even though i haven't gotten my period yet?

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Dr. Kelly Elmore
Obstetrics and Gynecology 19 years experience
Negative pregnancy?: As long as you have a negative pregnancy test and no reason to think you are pregnant you can start the pill when you like. However this can potentially alter your cycle.

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Last updated Dec 9, 2013

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