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Los Angeles, CA
A 21-year-old female asked:

how long does bcp take to be effective and when should i start taking it?

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Dr. Susan Rhoads
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Read the instruction: Please check the information supplied with the type of bcp you have been prescribed or ask the pharmacist who gave it to you, or call your doc's office and they can explain.

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Paterson, NJ
A 23-year-old female asked:

Should i wait exactly 3 months after i start my bcp to be completely safe?

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Dr. Scott Bobbitt
Dentistry 32 years experience
Not really: To be "completely safe" you must use abstinence. No other non-surgical method of contraception will prevent pregnancy and no bcp will prevent a sexually-transmitted disease. To be "safer" use a condom--it will also help to prevent the spread or contraction of an std.
Dallas, TX
A 18-year-old female asked:

How late can you take a bcp and still be safe.

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
If you miss > a: Couple days the protection diminishes. I have read that after a week- there is virtually no protection. You can add use of condom or other form of birth control to your oral contraceptive to improve protection.
Paterson, NJ
A 24-year-old female asked:

Does daylight savings effect my bcp?

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Dr. Diane Minich
Family Medicine 37 years experience
No: As long as you take it roughly the same time of day within a few hours.
Australia
A 33-year-old female asked:

What is a popular bcp with the least side effects?

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Dr. Lori Semel
Pediatrics 35 years experience
See your GYN: There are many good bcp. It is important to go to your physician who can assess your needs and prescribe the right one.
Brazil
A 18-year-old female asked:

I took two bcp yesterday because I thought I missed one but didn't, now I don't have one for today. What should I do?

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Dr. Pamela Svendsen
Family Medicine 26 years experience
No worries: You can skip today and take one tomorrow. Just to be on the safe side, use back up birth control until next month.

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