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Can I take birth control on my second day of my period when I didn't take it on my first day? Its my 1st time using birth control.

Can I take birth control on my second day of my period when I didn't take it on my first day? Its my 1st time using birth control.

2nd DAY OCP start OK: If you start 'the pill' on the first day of your period and it offers the best protection against pregnancy throughout the first month. If you start on the 2nd day or later some doctors would recommend a 'back up' method for birth control 'just in case'. You can also start a pill pack on a sunday and 'not have a period on a future weekend! ' --so you have options. ...Read more

Menstrual Cycle (Definition)

The menstrual cycle begins with the shedding of the uterine lining, resulting in bleeding from the vagina. A few weeks later, one ovary releases an egg and the uterine lining thickens in preparation for a potential pregnancy. Pregnancy can occur at this stage if sperm fertilizes the egg. If the egg is not fertilized, the egg will leave your body and ...Read more


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I had sex for the first time a few weeks ago and we used a condom and I take birth control pills but my period didn't come today like its supposed to?

I had sex for the first time a few weeks ago and we used a condom and I take birth control pills but my period didn't come today like its supposed to?

Stress and worry: Can be enough to delay your period for a few days. Anytime someone is sexually active and menses is late, pregnancy is a consideration even with adequate birth control. Wait a few days, relax, and if it hasn't started then consider doing a pregnancy test. ...Read more

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I had sex for the first time on 9 oct, 13 and we did not used a condom and I take birth control pills but my period didn't come today like its supposed?

I had sex for the first time on 9 oct, 13 and we did not used a condom and I take birth control pills but my period didn't come today like its supposed?

Sex and menses: From what you write, you had sex yesterday and are expecting your menstrual period today. If you've been consistently taking birth control pills for the last month, this should protect you from pregnancy. Your menstrual period may yet come in the next few days and is not yet "missed." if you've missed some pills, pregnancy might be possible but is less likely than at other times in your cycle. ...Read more

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After the first month of taking my birth control, is it normal for my period to last for a very long time? I began to take my birth control in the beginning of august, during my last period. I chose to not take the last week of pills because I did not wan

After the first month of taking my birth control, is it normal for my period to last for a very long time? I began to take my birth control in the beginning of august, during my last period. I chose to not take the last week of pills because I did not wan

Many possible causes: If you're taking the pills consistently without missing, it's not likely you would get pregnant, but there are many possible causes from infection-- even stds) to pregnancy to fibroids or a polyps keep track of your days of bleeding (write it down), keep taking your pills, and see your doctor. ...Read more

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This is the first time taking birth control. Will I get my period for sure while I take the white pills of alesse 28?

This is the first time taking birth control. Will I get my period for sure while I take the white pills of alesse 28?

No: Women who are taking birth control and not missing any pills, may not have a period. As long as you are taking them everyday this is fine. Most women will start there period that last week of the pack. ...Read more

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Hi im on my first day of my period and I don't take birth control, I'm going to be in hawaii saturday morning. I need to get rid of my period?

Hi im on my first day of my period and I don't take birth control, I'm going to be in hawaii saturday morning. I need to get rid of my period?

Sorry, Charlene...: It's going to be a hassle having your period on vacation, but there's no way around this one. But, for next time, here's how you do it: get on birth control pills first. When you are a couple of months before your vacation & see that your period is going to hit on the wrong week, then "borrow" 4 pills from your next pill pack to make a 32 day cycle; repeat. This will delay your vacation period 1w. ...Read more

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I forgot to take my first birth control pill on the first day of my period - do I wait a full month to have sex?

I forgot to take my first birth control pill on the first day of my period - do I wait a full month to have sex?

USE A CONDOM: And avoid days 9-15th after your last period, as far as having sex is concerned. Still use condoms though. ...Read more

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I've been taking birth control for the first time. I've been using it for about a week and a half and I'm on my 12th day of having my period!

I've been taking birth control for the first time. I've been using it for about a week and a half and I'm on my 12th day of having my period!

Breakthrough bleed: Breakthrough bleeding (bleeding at the wrong time) is very common on birth control. It happens in about 1/3 of users. Its no big deal and usually self corrects over time. If you are not satisfied or it continues to happen then consider using a different birth control method. It is a common side effect and does not mean something is wrong or that the pill is not working. ...Read more

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Started birth control for the first time today (the day I started my period per my doctor) and my period stopped today. (same day) is this normal?

Started birth control for the first time today (the day I started my period per my doctor) and my period stopped today. (same day) is this normal?

It's unusual: Which is not to say that it is not normal. That cannot be answered without more information. Since it is still early I suggest you simply wait and watch things a little longer before trying to draw any conclusions. ...Read more

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If I start my first day of birth control with the placebo pills, can it help start my period or would I have had to take the regular bc pills first.

Take as prescribed: Important to take birth control pills as prescribed- take the pills containing medication first to be followed by placebo pills. No benefit in taking placebo pills first. ...Read more

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It's a week before my period and I have brown discharge. It doesn't smell or itch or anything. I am on birth control and have been for over 3 years, I did miss a pill but I took two the next day. This is the first time this has happened to me, is this norm

It's a week before my period and I have brown discharge. It doesn't smell or itch or anything. I am on birth control and have been for over 3 years, I did miss a pill but I took two the next day. This is the first time this has happened to me, is this norm

Not unusual: Women taking the pill often have breakthrough spotting before their period starts. A brown discharge is simply old blood mixed with mucus. A woman's reproductive system is a very delicate and complex apparatus. Many things can affect its function. Emotional stress, change in sleep patterns, etc can alter your normal cycle. I wouldn't be alarmed, just keep track of things so that you can accurately describe changes to your doctor when you see them next ...Read more

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I had unprotected sex a day before my period started and had taken a birth control pill for the first time ever that day as well. Do I need Plan B?

I had unprotected sex a day before my period started and had taken a birth control pill for the first time ever that day as well. Do I need Plan B?

Probably not: If you have had a period since intercourse and it was normal in duration and flow and happened when it was supposed to happen, you don't need plan B. Take your birth control pills as prescribed and they will protect you in the future. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Had sex for the first time last Friday. Condom did not break, not on birth control, started my period the next day. Can I still get pregnant?

Had sex for the first time last Friday. Condom did not break, not on birth control, started my period the next day. Can I still get pregnant?

Depends: Proper condom use provides good birth control protection. However, that means applying the condom before any intercourse, in a way that assures that no penile secretions enter the vagina. All secretions of an excited penis have enough sperm to get you pregnant. Pregnancy has been started on any day of a girls cycle, including during menses. ...Read more

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I took diane 35 as ec pill for the first time in my life taking birth control pills had unprocted sex same time am I pregnant? My period due in 6 day

I took diane 35 as ec pill for the first time in my life taking birth control pills had unprocted sex same time am I pregnant? My period due in 6 day

Maybe not: A woman who is taking her birth control pills properly, is very unlikely to be pregnant. If not regularly on birth control pills, the emergency contraception dose of the pills does work most of the time but not all of the time (if unlucky, or if taking the pills too far out after sex, one can still get pregnant). Thus, always do a home pregnancy test 3 weeks after sex, if EC pills were needed. ...Read more

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Hello, this is the first time over the last 8 years that I used birth control. I start the last day of my mentrual period; however I have been feeling PMS (tender breast, bloating, painful hips, etc). My period originally supposed to arrive on July 27th an

Hello, this is the first time over the last 8 years that I used birth control. I start the last day of my mentrual period; however I have been feeling PMS (tender breast, bloating, painful hips, etc). My period originally supposed to arrive on July 27th an

Common: You can start OCPs anytime, but ideally on first day (not last day) of ur period. Ur symptoms are common and should resolve within next three cycles. Ur cycle is off because of starting OCPs late - it can take a few months for your body to get use to them and regular cycles to return. If PMS symptoms persist, see ur dr about lowering estrogen dose or having take them continuously. ...Read more

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What should I do if its my first time taking birth control and my period comes next should I continue taking it or wait until my period come?

What should I do if its my first time taking birth control and my period comes next should I continue taking it or wait until my period come?

Take 1 pill every d: Most women who take birth control pills have no side effects, but the most common side effect in the first 1-3 months is irregular, unpredictable bleeding that gets better over time. So write down the dates of any bleeding, but don't stop taking 1 pill every day at the same time. After you've been on it for awhile, periods should be very regular and predictable during the last wk of your pill pack. ...Read more

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First time in junel el birth control and my period is going on 15 days. Is this normal when just starting bc?

First time in junel el birth control and my period is going on 15 days. Is this normal when just starting bc?

See your doctor: Symptoms and concerns like these mandate a thorough evaluation by your doctor. Only after such an evaluation, which may include labs and radiographic examinations, can he/she let you know what's going on and how best to help you. ...Read more

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I was ending my period and had sex for the first time. It was protected and im on birth control but I have been lightly spotting since, can I be preg?

I was ending my period and had sex for the first time. It was protected and im on birth control but I have been lightly spotting since, can I be preg?

Not likely: Penetration is, in a way, trauma to your pelvic area - if it has not been exposed to that much friction or exposure before. So, sometimes it can lead to light bleeding/spotting afterwards. If you're using protection and on birth control, it's very unlikely that you're pregnant. Be sure that having sex is the right decision for you. If irregular bleeding in a few days, talk to Dr. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I got my period 3 times in one month, is this something to be concerned about? I'm not on birth control, I am 24, and this is the first time this.

I got my period 3 times in one month, is this something to be concerned about? I'm not on birth control, I am 24, and this is the first time this.

Abnormal: A normal menstrual period is defined as a menstrual flow that occurs every 21 to 35 days but can be normal up to every 60 days with a flow less than 7 days in duration. Anything outside this is considered abnormal. The first thing to always consider when abnormal is a pregnancy and a simple drug store test will help rule this out. Otherwise see a doctor to see what is wrong. ...Read more

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Just started taking birth control for the first time 2 days before I was supposed to start my period. I am now 3 days late. Could my bc be the cause?

Just started taking birth control for the first time 2 days before I was supposed to start my period. I am now 3 days late. Could my bc be the cause?

Took it wrong: You should never take the pill before you get you period. You need to know you not pregnant before you start. The pill of course may have stopped period from coming. The vast majority of people who get pregnant on the pill do so because of dosing mistakes. ...Read more

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Started BC pill 2 weeks before my period first time on birth control period was jan23 haven't stopped bleeding since jan23 should I be worried?

Started BC pill 2 weeks before my period first time on birth control period was jan23 haven't stopped bleeding since jan23 should I be worried?

Can be normal: Given that you started the pill pack mid cycle instead of early right after your period, you should expect irregular bleeding until you finish the first pack and get onto the second. ...Read more

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Can I be pregnant if I missed my period, or if I'm late on it? This is the first time I miss my period since I been off birth control (implanalon).

Can I be pregnant if I missed my period, or if I'm late on it? This is the first time I miss my period since I been off birth control (implanalon).

Maybe. Maybe not.: In a woman with regular periods, some causes of a late period include: excessive weight loss or weight gain, increased exercising, emotional stress, having an illness, traveling, medicines (like birth control pills), hormonal imbalances, etc… Pregnancy is the common cause of a missed period, if sexually active. One can do a urine pregnancy test, 3 weeks after sex or 1 week after missing a period. ...Read more

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I took plan b a week ago and now experiencing what seems to be my period. When can I start on birth control? (It will be on first time)

I took plan b a week ago and now experiencing what seems to be my period. When can I start on birth control? (It will be on first time)

Plan B period affect: Plan B is 85% effective so pregnancy risk is low. I would recommend that you start your pills now.. Even if you were to be pregnant, the Pill has not been found to be harmful. Every pregnancy should be a wanted pregnancy and the benefit of preventing a future unwanted and unplanned pregnancy is greater than the low risk of harm from the birth control pill. ...Read more

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Hi! I'm experiencing bleeding and my period ended 8 days ago. I also am taking birth control for the first time (started it on December 1st)?

Hi! I'm experiencing bleeding and my period ended 8 days ago. I also am taking birth control for the first time (started it on December 1st)?

Breakthrough bleedin: It is not unusual for women to experience breakthrough bleeding while on birth control pills. Continue taking the pills for the full cycle, then try a second cycle. If you think the breakthrough bleeding is getting worse or too aggravating to deal with to begin with, try switching pills. If you stop taking pills in the middle of a cycle, you will have menses like withdrawal bleeding. ...Read more

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Contraception (Definition)

Contraceptiion is a means of preventing conception (or fertilization). There are hormonal and non hormonal methods of preventing sperm and egg from meeting. Talk to your doctor or clinic about what options are best for you. There are short acting methods (condoms, pills, patch, ring) and long ...Read more


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Birth Control (Definition)

Also known as contraception, birth control is a method to prevent pregnancy. Some methods of birth control include a vasectomy, tubal ligation, oral contraceptive pills, vaginal rings, hormone injections, condoms, diaphragms, sponges, ...Read more