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if you stop taking birth control last month after your cycle can it delay your period?

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Dr. Adrienne Lara
Obstetrics and Gynecology 31 years experience
Yes: After stopping birth control pills, your body will note that there is no more source of estrogen from the pill & your internal source of estrogen, your ovaries, will start their cycle. It takes about 4=7 days after you stop bcp for your natural menstrual cycle to begin. This could make it seem as though your menses was delayed. If you took bcp for irreg. Menses, they will still be irreg.
Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics and Gynecology 44 years experience
Yes, but so can preg: Are you still sexually active? If you've stopped the pill and haven't switched to another method, you might be pregnant, but if this isn't possible, then sometimes the first period is a bit delayed. Use birth control if you're not wanting to be pregnant. There are many options other than the pill. If you want to get pregnant, you should be taking a prenatal vitamin with folate/folic acid.

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A 19-year-old female asked:

How to delay your period a week in advanced, i already take birth control. Do fruits work?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
Birth control. : Some doctors have patients skip the last week of their birth control pills and immediately take the first week of the next pack. This will delay a menstrual cycle. You should clear this with your doctor. No eating fruit will not delay a cycle.
A 31-year-old member asked:

Can birth control delay your period?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michael Hulse
Gynecology 27 years experience
Yes: Birth control pills can be used to delay or prevent your period altogether. This can be done intentionally or sometimes just happens.

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