U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
A 20-year-old female asked:

Cab you start your birth controls pills whether on period or not?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
Start : Do a pregnancy test. If it is negative then you can start your pill right away.
Dr. Thomas Rothfeld
Specializes in Pediatrics
Yes: Yes, you can. We used to recommend starting on a specific day. Not anymore so go ahead.
Dr. Ted Anderson
Gynecology 28 years experience
Start on any day, just keep track of it so you will know when to start the next pack. There will be differing times until you can consider yourself "protected" and there may be intervals of irregular bleeding depending on where you are in the cycle when you start.
Apr 6, 2014

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Educational text
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership
Last updated Sep 29, 2016


Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.