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How Long Do Birth Control Pills Take To Become Effective
A month: Use backup protection until you have been on your oral contraceptives for a month. ...Read more
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
Immediately: If you start taking them on the sunday following the beginning of your next period, effective immediately. ...Read more
Use back up: Protection for the first month that you are taking oral contraceptives. ...Read more
Expiry date printed: It depends on the date of manufacturing and each pack has an expiry date printed on it, so look at the date printed on the pack. ...Read more
It depends: It depends on whether you can be sure you're not pregnant--no sex in the last month, consistent birth control. If no risk of pregnancy, you can do a "quick start" and start anytime. Many doctors advise starting on the first day of a period. Use back up birth control for 7 days if you start anytime other than day 1 of your period. ...Read more
Depends: If you start the pill when you start your period, it is effective from the beginning. If you start the pill at any other time in your cycle, you should expect to be protected after taking the pill for 2 weeks. ...Read more
It depends : It depends on the person but one can ovulate that first cycle right after stopping the pill and get pregnant. ...Read more
Varies: There are only a few antibiotics that interfere with birth control pills, and fortunately they are rarely used. For antibiotics that do have an impact (rifampin, griseofulvin) effect though depends on when the antibiotics are taken in the cycle. The chemical effect is short, but if that short effect results in unintended ovulation, the impact may last the entire cycle. ...Read more
Daily administration: Take daily and don't miss any. If you don't want to be pregnant consider a long acting, reversible method of birth control like an implant or IUD so that you don't have to remember to take a birth control pill. Easy to place and fewer side effects as well because they provide a sustained release of hormones at a low dose, so they're also very safe. ...Read more
BCP: Works in three ways, 1- by inhibiting ovulation, 2-by creating a very thin lining(endometrium), making it difficult for a fertilized egg to implant in the uterus, 3-creates a hostile cervical mucus that doesn't allow the sperms to undergo capacitation and swim freely upstream. Also decreases to motility of the tubes making it difficult for sperm and egg to get together. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Every day: The way to take birth control pills is to take one pill a day every day, at about the same time. Most packs of pills have the days of the week written on the pack - so you know if you took that days pill or not. I sometimes have woman start the pack on the 5th day of the period or on the sunday following the first day of the period. When you finish a pack the next day start the next one. ...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
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