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A 20-year-old female asked:

I just received my first pack of birth control... i am new to this when do i start taking it..

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Dr. Daniel Chappell
Family Medicine 11 years experience
W/ period or anytime: You should start the pill on the first day or within 5 days of your period. This protects you from pregnancy on day one. It’s also perfectly fine to start the pill on any day of the month. You should use a second form of contraception for the first week. (condom, female condom, diaphragm, or sponge). http://www.plannedparenthood.org/health-topics/birth-control/starting-pill-19264.htm.
Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics and Gynecology 44 years experience
It depends: Typically, starting on the first day of your period is a good way to start. If you start beyond this day, use a backup method (condoms) for 7 days after starting to take the pill. Take it at the same time every day.

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