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A 41-year-old member asked:

What time of the month do i start taking birth control?

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Dr. Alan Patterson
Obstetrics and Gynecology 42 years experience
Your gyn should: Have told you that, if you mean bc pills , depending on the pill my patients start it on the first day of the period or you can do the sunday after your period starts but with the low dose pills like i almost always prescribe to my patients they start on teh first day of their period.

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A 43-year-old member asked:

If i started taking birth control for the first time is it normal to be nauseous?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Karen Jones
Obstetrics and Gynecology 37 years experience
Yes: One of the possible side effects of birth control pills is nausea. I recommend my patients who get nausea to try taking the pill at bedtime or with a meal. If the nausea doesn't get better i put the patient on a 20 mcg estrogen pill or on the nuvaring.
A 29-year-old member asked:

What I should do about taking my birth control while in a different time zone?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Valentin Drezaliu
Obstetrics and Gynecology 20 years experience
Time zone: Just keep an alarm on your cell phone to ring every 24 hrs and will let you know when is time to take your pill. You need basically to take a pill every 24 hours.
A 26-year-old female asked:

I want to start taking birth control. Any suggestions?

3 doctor answers10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
Great : Preventing unplanned pregnancy is very important. I'm glad you're ready to start taking birth control. Simply schedule a visit with a doctor and they will discuss the many options available to you. Good job being responsible.
A 29-year-old member asked:

When should I start taking my birth control after delivering?

2 doctor answers10 doctors weighed in
Dr. David Finke
Obstetrics and Gynecology 15 years experience
Depends on which one: For the first 6 weeks following delivery, nothing should be going into the vagina. ;-) if you are breastfeeding, the progesterone-only micro or mini-pill can be started by 6 weeks post-partum. If you are not breastfeeding, any form of birth control including iud, implantables, nuvaring, or combined (estrogen/progesterone) pills can be used. Estrogen will just reduce breast milk production.
A 44-year-old member asked:

When should I start taking my second pack of birth control?

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Dr. Michael Hulse
Gynecology 27 years experience
Immediately.: Most pill packs have 28 pills. You should start your next pill pack the day after you finish your current pill pack.

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