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A 43-year-old member asked:

How soon after a period should i start birth control?

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Dr. Renee Harris
Obstetrics and Gynecology 37 years experience
With few days: You can either start the pill on the first day of bleeding or the sunday while you are still bleeding. Sunday starts will keep your periods away from the weekends usually.

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A 38-year-old member asked:

How soon do the symptoms of birth control start?

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Dr. Carolyn Quist
Gynecology 35 years experience
Immediately: Not sure i understand what "symptoms" means in relation to birth control. Do you mean effectiveness? Birth control pills are considered effective after you have taken them for a full month. And assumes that you took them daily as scheduled and aren't taking any medications that can decrease the effectiveness of them.
A 39-year-old member asked:

When should I expect my next period after starting birth control?

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Dr. Jennifer Frank
Family Medicine 22 years experience
About 21 days: It depends on where you are in your cycle when you start your period and what kind of birth control you're on but for a traditional birth control pill, you take 21 days of active pills and 7 days of placebo or sugar pills (or may just take nothing). You will probably get a period when you start the placebo pills.
A 47-year-old member asked:

What occurs if i started taking birth control before my next period?

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Dr. Dorothy Carin
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Timing would be off: Birth control is given to regulate periods in addition to prevent pregnancy. If you started taking birth control in the middle of your cycle, before you had a period, your cycle will be off and you may bleed twice in the same month.
A 40-year-old member asked:

What if you're a sunday starter on birth control and your period starts on a sunday?

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Dr. Arthur Ollendorff
Obstetrics and Gynecology 28 years experience
OCP: If you are due to start your new pill pack on that sunday then you should. There will be no problem doing that.
A 38-year-old female asked:

Is there a way to stop your period once it has started, if you are not on birth control?

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Dr. Milroy Samuel
Obstetrics and Gynecology 24 years experience
Yes: High dose progestins and or Estrogens can achieve that goal.

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