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Can I Take My Birth Control The Day Before A Colonoscopy
Usually: If its an invasive surgery with a higher risk of blood clots (dvt's) then you'd be better off not taking it for a few weeks as bcp's increase the risks of blood clots. ...Read more
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
What to do if i mistook my birth control pill? I dropped the one i needed to take and took the following days pill. Should i skip a day?
No: Either take 2 pills the next day to make up for the one you missed, but since your really didn't miss a pill, just continue to take one a day. You will finish your cycle one day early. Then wait one day and start a new package. ...Read more
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.
I'm using loestrin 120 i forgot and took my birth control at a different time during the month which caused me to get my period a week before my sugar pills when do I start my new pack?
Can I start a new pack of birth control pills two days before my period to delay it for a vacation if I haven't been on birth control can before?
When I am starting a new pack of birth control pills after ending my current pack. Will it be okay to take it a couple hours after my regular time?
Timing is everything: The first few pills of your new pack are the most important. Try to take them on time. If you want to reset your regular time, start with the first pill in the pack and stick to it. If you're moving the time up, start on schedule. If you're pushing the time back, you should start your new pack a day early (skip a placebo pill from your last pack). This ensures you don't ovulate. ...Read more
U can take: Almost any pill continuosly and not take the placebo pills so u do not get a period at all, u do not need to get a period on the pill if u do not want to, the 3 month pill is seasonique or seasonal- i dont like either of them - my pts who have taken them have a lot of break thru bleeding, my #1 pill is loloestrin - the lowest and safest dose and many of my pts do not get periods on it - theylike. ...Read more
If i begin a new pack of birth control Pills for the first time a week Or two Before My period how will it affect my period?
Lighter vs absent: Your period will likely be absent vs lighter and you will potentially have some irregular bleeding over the next several months. The reason for waiting until your next period to start is to insure that you are not pregnant. If you are certain this is not the case, you can go ahead and start the pills now. ...Read more
Should i continue my birth control regimen i took next choice morning after pill and i usually get my period on the last thursday of my regular birth control pack. That's today, but i only have 2 more "inactive" pills left do I continue to take the birthc
For : For most women, taking the morning after pill can cause their next cycle to become irregular. Some will miss their next period while others may have abnormal bleeding or spotting. For this reason, you should not wait for your period (it might not come) but should continue to take your pills on the schedule you normally would. Good luck! ...Read more
Sometimes i take my birth control a hour or two late or i forget and take it the next day along with my pill for that day. Am i still protected?
Yes: Yes but i would avoid missing the day. Taking it at different hours does not have any effect. I would create a time to take it everyday to be safe. Like in the morning when brushing your teeth. ...Read more
Can I change the time I take my birth control pills? I was taking [email protected] 7:30pm for a long time. Now I take them at 8:30pm because of my work schedule
Sure: Since it's only one hour difference then it will be fine no matter what kind of birth control pill you are taking. In general you want to take progestin only pills ("Mini-Pill", Micronor) within an hour of the same time each day. You have about a 6 hour window for combined contraceptives that contain estrogen and progesterone. ...Read more
What would cause me to get my period twice a month even though i'm on birth control pills and I take them correctly at the same time every day?
Maybe it's the pill: Sometimes women on birth control pills will have "breakthrough bleeding." that is unscheduled bleeding while taking the pill. If you're just starting this pill, give it a few months and it may resolve. If this is persistent, you may want to try another type of pill that will better control your bleeding. And, of course, take a pregnancy test to be sure that isn't the cause of irregular bleeding. ...Read more
I missed 1 week of my birth control pills. I am starting the new pack tomorrow. How long will it take for the pills to be effective again once started?
Varies: With that scenario I would use some backup protection (condoms etc) for the first month on the new pill pack. ...Read more
I take my birth control pill every day at 5am. If I sleep in until 10 on a weekend and take it then instead, will the effectiveness be compromised?
If I forget once and take my birth conrol pill the next day will I have a higher chance of getting pregnant?
Possibly.: Although one late pill should not be disastrously important, if you are unlucky and happen to ovulate you could get pregnant. Correlate with your sexual activity in the preceding 3-4 days (that's how long spermatozoa can survive in your genital tract after vaginal intercourse) and consider taking the Plan B pack on top of your regular contraception. Check a pregnancy test within 2-3 weeks! ...Read more
If i did the quick start in birth control and get my period the week after i started, do I continue taking active pills or the sugar pills?
Bcp: You need to continue taking the pills for the duration of the pack. Anytime you have breakthrough bleeding you should continue to take the pill, you may need to double up if the bleeding is heavy. You have to be aware that during breakthrough bleeding episodes you may not be covered or protected for contraception and use an alternative contraceptives like condoms. ...Read more
If i miss one birth control pill, will i start to ovulate immediately? I took the next dose the next day and continued on everyday after.
Missed pills: If you miss 1 active pill (up to 48 hours late) then take your missed pill as soon as remember (you may take 2 pills in one day) -- then use the rest of the pack -- do you need condoms for a week? No. -- do you need a morning after pill? No, but consider if pills missed early in the pack, or in the last week of the previous pack. -- back-up methods ARE needed if 2 or more pills are missed ...Read more
I was off birth control pills for a month. in the first week of starting my pills again i had sex will my bc be effective or should I take plan b?
Uncertain: I don't know which oral contraceptive you are taking. You can check on-line to see how long it takes your particular birth control to be effective. Or your pharmacist can advise you. Depending on this info, you can make the decision as to whether or not, it would be productive to take Plan B One Step. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I'm planning to start birth control. Can I take my first pill the day my period starts or should I wait until its over?
Anytime within 5days: You can start anytime within 5 days of the beginning of your period including the day it starts. ...Read more
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