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Can i start taking birth control pills today to delay my period which starts in 6 days?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Carolyn Thompson
29 years experience
Probably not: Even if you started the pill, it may not prevent you from starting your period.

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A 36-year-old member asked:

Can I start taking birth control pills even if my period is over now?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
Maternal-Fetal Medicine 27 years experience
Yes.: You can start ocps the day you get your prescription filled. They will not work for the first month, though.
Dr. Norma Jo Waxman
Family Medicine 34 years experience
That response is actually not accurate. You can start your pill any time during your cycle ( this is called quick start) and it will be effective one week after starting. You should use back up (like a condom) for one week, if you start your pill any time after the first week of your cycle. one month is unnecessary. Remember the first day that you get your period is the first day of your cycle.
Apr 1, 2014
Last updated Sep 28, 2016


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