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How does birth control pills help you regulate you period? And how long should you take them if that's the only purpose of taking them?

How does birth control pills help you regulate you period? And how long should you take them if that's the only purpose of taking them?

Programmed cycle: Birth control pills use hormones to supress ovulation. Those same hormones effect the lining of the uterus so when you take the pills without hormones you have your period. It is overriding whatever cycle you normally have - regular or irregular. They do not fix the problem you have that is making you irregular. You can take them up to age 35 for smokers and into the 40's for non-smokers. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Gabor
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Birth Control Pills (Definition)

Also known as oral contraceptives, birth control pills are highly effective oral medications that use hormones to prevent pregnancy. There are two main types of birth control pills: one with estrogen and progestin (also known as the combination pill) and one with just progestin. The two main ways they prevent pregnancy are: 1) The hormones thicken the cervical mucous, which keeps sperm from entering the uterus on their way to the egg; and 2) By maintaining a level of hormone in the blood stream that prevents the ...Read more


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How long does it take for birth control pills to regulate your period?

How long does it take for birth control pills to regulate your period?

Variable: For most women, birth control pills regulate cycles within 3 months although this variable. ...Read more

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I was prescribed birth control pills to regulate my period. Before I take them I wanted to know how that worked and how long you take them for?

I was prescribed birth control pills to regulate my period. Before I take them I wanted to know how that worked and how long you take them for?

Hormones: Birth control pills work by using hormones to regulate. Before you start you should have your hormones checked as well as your thyroid levels and other labs to see why your menses are irregular. Usually, they will make your periods regular. ...Read more

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If im taking birth control pills to regulate my period, how long before I start bleeding? I haven't had my period in 3 years. I am supposed to start taking them sunday but I need to know about when ill begin bleeding

If im taking birth control pills to regulate my period, how long before I start bleeding? I haven't had my period in 3 years. I am supposed to start taking them sunday but I need to know about when ill begin bleeding

The: The bleeding should start around the time you start the placebo (sugar) pills at the end of the pack. For most pill packs this is day 21 of the cycle. If you continue not to have your period while on the birth control pills, let your doctor know. ...Read more

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How long does it take for me to come off birth control pills, so my period can become regular?

Depends: If you had regular cycles prior to being on the pill, then it should resume normally immediately after ending the pill if you did not stop in the middle of the pill pack. If you did drop the pill somewhere in the pill pack, then it may take a cycle or two for you to return to your "normal" cycle.
If you cycle was irrgeular prior to the pill use, then it will still be irregular afterward. ...Read more

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If I don't know I'm pregnant and keep taking birth control pills, will I keep getting my period? If so, for how long?

If I don't know I'm pregnant and keep taking birth control pills, will I keep getting my period? If so, for how long?

No: If you are pregnant you will not keep getting periods on birth control pills. However, if you are concerned about being pregnant, you can do a pregnancy test to know for sure. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Around how long will I get a real period back after stopping birth control pills?

Around how long will I get a real period back after stopping birth control pills?

4 weeks: Birth control pills are out of your system about 7 days after you stop them. One would expect a period about 4 weeks after cessation. If you are sexually active and do not want to be pregnant consider restarting or starting a different birth control method ...Read more

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Can birth control pills regulate 30 day long period?

If you mean: 30 days of bleeding when you say '30 day long period' you need to see a doctor to figure out why this is happening: pills may or may not help. ...Read more

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Can your body become addicted to birth control pills since you take them to regulate your period?

Can your body become addicted to birth control pills since you take them to regulate your period?

No: Not in the true meaning of the term addiction. Addiction is more than physical dependence, but oral contraceptives do not cause any kind of dependence. However, use of hormones does result in compensatory changes in the woman's body (hypothalamus, pituitary gland and ovaries) which may take some time to get back to where they were before. This happens with hormone meds like cortisol or thyroid. ...Read more

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How long until I have my period after stopping birth control pills? I want able to start the next box of pills.

Soon: A period will usually come a few days after stopping birth control pills due to hormonal withdrawal. Start the next pack on sunday after it starts. ...Read more

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I am 16, I take birth control pills to help regulate my period, but I have had my period for 2 weeks now. How do I make it stop?

2 weeks 2 long: Obviously, a 2 week long period is too long to put up with especially while taking the oral contraceptive pill. If the bleeding isn't spotting but "full on" requiring several protection changes a day, you need to contact the prescriber (MD) of the pill and find out your answer. ...Read more

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Can I start the birth control pills 1 week before my period? How long I need to wait til it works? (have been on pills for 2 years, atm is on break)

Can I start the birth control pills 1 week before my period? How long I need to wait til it works? (have been on pills for 2 years, atm is on break)

No wait for your per: Birth control pills come in a pack of usually 28 pills. The pack has to be started after you start with your periods and you take one pill daily at the same time.21 pills have active hormones to suppress the ovulation, and last 7 pills are inactive pills without any hormones. And you get your periods every 28 days and start the new pack on 29thday and the cycle gets repeated every month. ...Read more

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What can I do if my period started early but I take birth control pills, so will it be a long period then?

Unpredictable: You will tend to see bleeding through the rest of this cycle. While it may continue into when you would normally see your period, it could stop earlier or it could stop and then resume. ...Read more

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If you take active birth control pills when your period is in the middle of its cycle, will it cause prolonged bleeding? That happened to me.

If you take active birth control pills when your period is in the middle of its cycle, will it cause prolonged bleeding? That happened to me.

Possibly: Was this the first time to start the pills? If so it may cause your cycle to be different. For prolonged bleeding I always think it is best to see your doctor- especially if it happens often ...Read more

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How long should period bleeding last on the birth control pills? When I start my new pack will my period bleeding stop? It's longer than usual help

How long should period bleeding last on the birth control pills? When I start my new pack will my period bleeding stop? It's longer than usual help

Follow the plan: Since OCPs have a distinct regulation mode to get your body to behave as it should. Some irregular bleeding may occur in the beginning of the OCP in the first few months. So keep the faith and follow the plan. If it doesn't work for you because of your irregularity or whatnot, you will know after 3-4 months. And if you have already waited that long, then visit your GYN or family physician. ...Read more

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Still in period for over 2 months. My doctor suggested me to take birth control pills just to stop n regulate it but still in heavy periods. Help!

Still in period for over 2 months. My doctor suggested me to take birth control pills just to stop n regulate it but still in heavy periods. Help!

Return to doctor.: If you're taking your birth control pills every day as directed and still having heavy bleeding, you should return to your doctor for further evaluation. You may simply need to try a different birth control pill or you may need an ultrasound for further evaluation. Of course if you haven't done so already you should take a pregnancy test to rule out pregnancy. ...Read more

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Does drinking 3 cups of green tea daily for a prolonged period of time decrease the effectiveness of the birth control pills? I take Yaz (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol) for 2 years.

Does drinking 3 cups of green tea daily for a prolonged period of time decrease the effectiveness of the birth control pills? I take Yaz (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol) for 2 years.

No: Drinking green tea 3 times a day does not change the effectiveness of birth control pills. Of course, no pills are 100% effective, so there is always a very small chance a woman could become pregnant while using birth control pills, regardless of whether she drinks tea or not. The healthier way to drink tea is without sugar or sweeteners. ...Read more

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Which birth control pills to take if you are a virgin to regulate periods?

Which birth control pills to take if you are a virgin to regulate periods?

Any: No one pill is better than another based on your virginity. Sexual experience has nothing to do with how one pill works vs. Another. You can safely choose any - talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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I have pcos can I take birth control pills till menopause to regulate my periods but they do give me migraines and high BP? Is thereanyother option

I have pcos can I take birth control pills till menopause to regulate my periods but they do give me migraines and high BP? Is thereanyother option

Not good idea: As you know, cardiovascular problems are the major issue with birth control pills. It is not a good trade off to risk stroke or other cv problems for oc use. There are other methods of treating pcos. An endocrinologist is usually involved in the management of difficult pcos cases. ...Read more

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Can anything besides birth control pills regulate a period?

Can anything besides birth control pills regulate a period?

Best option: The most effective way to regulate the menstrual cycles is birth control pills - and that doesn't always work. ...Read more

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Is it normal for my period to last longer than 6 days while on birth control pills?

Is it normal for my period to last longer than 6 days while on birth control pills?

Menses on BCP's: It is unusual to have a menses lasting longer than 6 days on bcp's especially if you've been on the pills for several months. ...Read more

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It has been 56 days since my last period. I have been taking birth control pills but I forget to take them sometimes. Could I be pregnant?

It has been 56 days since my last period. I have been taking birth control pills but I forget to take them sometimes. Could I be pregnant?

Yes: If you miss more than 2 birth control pills in a cycle, the cycle is useless and you must use alternate form of birth control, which it seems you did not. I would advise doing a pregnancy test asap. ...Read more

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Is it a mith that if you have irregular period and you don't want to take birth control pills having sex will get you your period?

Is it a mith that if you have irregular period and you don't want to take birth control pills having sex will get you your period?

Definitely a myth: The opposite is true. Having sex that way will make a woman's period go away for about 10 or 11 months, and her new baby will be a couple months old when her menstrual period returns again. ...Read more

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Is it okay to take your birth control pills while your on your period?

Is it okay to take your birth control pills while your on your period?

One per day: Birth control pills should be taken once per day. You take one pill every day for 28 days to complete the pack. Then the next day you start the next pack. You do not change this pattern if you are on your period. ...Read more

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For what length of time did it take you to have a period after stopping birth control pills?

1-3 months: Usually that fist month you stop the meds. After 3 months you need to evaluate the situation. There may be other factors involved. ...Read more

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Is there such thing as overdosing on birth control pills? Should women take a break from the pill after a time period?

Is there such thing as overdosing on birth control pills? Should women take a break from the pill after a time period?

Not necessarily.: You can overdose on any type of medication, if you take more than the amount indicated or prescribed. At the present time, if you are not having any complications from the pill, we don't recommend that you take a drug holiday. ...Read more

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My wife started using birth control pills a week ago. She stopped for 1 day and now her period is lasting longer than normal. Is this because of the p?

Possibly: Just keep going. Stay with the pack, periods may be irregular for up to 3 months when you just start a pill. If she skips a day, take two the next day. If you skip 2 days, still only take 2 pills on the day you remember and use a second form (condoms) for about 10 days. ...Read more

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Can you take birth control pills while on your period to stop bleeding?

Can you take birth control pills while on your period to stop bleeding?

Unlikely. BCP's: Cycle Estrogens that buildup endometrium and progestational agents mimicking pregnancy, once the lining is built, it bleeds as it is shed. A fertilized ovum needs to implant for successful pregnancy, and cannot do so with shedding endometrial lining. ...Read more

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I started my period to early. If I take a few birth control pills will it stop it?

I started my period to early. If I take a few birth control pills will it stop it?

Depends: The bigger question is what caused you to start it early and how early you started it. Pills may or may not stop it. It is also important to know whether your periods are usually regular or irregular and if you are sexually active as well as what you use for contraception and what other medicines you take or if you have any medical problems. Wish I could help more. ...Read more

Dr. Jeff Livingston
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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


Dr. Austina Cho
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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