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A 31-year-old member asked:

Hi docs, would taking one birth control pill start my period?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. James Rochester
Family Medicine 27 years experience
No: No. Need to do an entire cycle (usually) to start a period. Sometimes, depending on where you are in your menstrual cycle, doing a course of just progesteron for 5-10 days then stopping it can cause you to menstruate (have a period)

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