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How long should I give new birth control pills a chance to work before changing to a new one?

How long should I give new birth control pills a chance to work before changing to a new one?

3 months: I encourage a patient to give a pill at least a 3 month trial unless severe symptoms. ...Read more

Dr. Ana Adelstein
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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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Can I change the time I take my birth control pills? I was taking them@ 7:30pm for a long time. Now I take them at 8:30pm because of my work schedule

Can I change the time I take my birth control pills? I was taking them@ 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

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I’m only 19 and this has been going on over a year. I have NO sex drive at all. Strange right? And I used to, it just went away! I take birth control pills and have switched to new ones because I thought it was the problem. But no change!

I’m only 19 and this has been going on over a year. I have NO sex drive at all. Strange right? And I used to, it just went away! I take birth control pills and have switched to new ones because I thought it was the problem. But no change!

It's complicated: Libido or sex drive is influenced by many things and your loss of libido may not have a single, simple answer. However, fertility and ovulation are drivers of libido so that you tend to be most interested in sex when you are most fertile. All birth control pills suppress ovulation and therefore tend to interfere with libido. You might want to consider an IUD which will not have this effect. ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take birth control pills to work?

How long is it supposed to it take birth control pills to work?

Two weeks: Standard practice is to advise 'back-up' contraception (condoms) during the first month on the pill. The truth is, a couple of weeks is really enough to be sure you will not get pregnant. ...Read more

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Time changed. Do I take my birth control pills at time from back then or new time?

Time changed. Do I take my birth control pills at time from back then or new time?

One time change of 1: Hour should not make that much difference. Take them at the time now on daylight savings time that you plan to take them until the time changes again. In other words if you too them at 7 on regular time, take them at 7 on daylight savings time. ...Read more

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Where to buy unexpensive birth control pills? Which one is the one that works the best?

Where to buy unexpensive birth control pills? Which one is the one that works the best?

Cost of pills: Planned parenthood clinics provide birth control based on your ability to pay. Generic pills are available at a couple of stores--walmart and target for a special discount price. All pills work well, provided you take them without missing (failure rate <1% with perfect use, but if you miss pills--typical use, the failure rate can be more than 9%--9 women/100 using the pill for a year get pregnant. ...Read more

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How long do birth control pills last in your system before you take another pill on a new day?

How long do birth control pills last in your system before you take another pill on a new day?

Pharmacology of BC: Tri-Sprintec contains norgestimate and ethinyl estradiol. These compounds have their own half-lives of elimination. After you take this pill, the peak concentrations are seen around 2 hours, however, there are also active metabolites that last in your system that have half lives varying from 17-36 hours. Small amounts then persist for 4-5 times the half life.
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How long after u start taking birth control pills do they work...Started taking them 4days ago and bf came inside me today?

7 days: Typically 7 days, though of course you'd have to be ovulating in order to get pregnant, so its' possible that you didn't ovulate and the 4 days of usage was good enough protection. Likelihood is that you didn't get pregnant, but 7 days is recommended. You can always take a pregnancy test at the end of the pack, but chances are very low you're pregnant. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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If I am switching birth control pills and I am just starting the new ones today... Will the new pills be in effect by tomorrow?

Yes: The pills are effective as long as your taking them. For the first few cycles you may experience abnormal bleeding or spotting but the contraceptive effect is there. ...Read more

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I started taking Levora birth control pills how long does it take to work?

I started taking Levora birth control pills how long does it take to work?

2nd cycle: During the first cycle a woman's body may still need to adjust to the birth control pill. During the second cycle the she will experience the full protective effect. ...Read more

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I lost my virginity to my boyfriend, should I start taking birth control pills, and how do the pills work, I'm new to it?

I lost my virginity to my boyfriend, should I start taking birth control pills, and how do the pills work, I'm new to it?

Basic Pill: The basic "pill" or OCP works by tricking your body into believing it is pregnant so no ovulation occurs. If you don't ovulate, you can't get pregnant. At your age you should consider double protection. Condom covering his penis and pill preventing your ovulation. The condom helps assure you don't get a STD that can make you sterile as well as reducing pregnancy risk if you ever forget a pill. ...Read more

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I am switching birth control pills and was wondering if I am a day one starter if I should start the new pill the day I get my period?

I am switching birth control pills and was wondering if I am a day one starter if I should start the new pill the day I get my period?

No need: Although a lot of women will start taking OCPs on the first day of their cycle, since you are already taking OCPs you should just start your new pack of pills as you would have started the next pack of your current pills. Taking them with your bleeding is fine, but may contribute to more spotting with this first new pack. ...Read more

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On my new pack can I change the time I take my birth control pills or do I have to take them at same time?

Clarify please: Do you mean same time of day? Or same sequence? You can take the pill daily at any time as long as you don't skip a day. ...Read more

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I've been taking birth control pills for about 4 years now and I was just curious how long it takes for it to be effective when you start a new pack?

I've been taking birth control pills for about 4 years now and I was just curious how long it takes for it to be effective when you start a new pack?

Continuous: If you are taking birth control pills as prescribed, you have coverage for the entire pack. There is no need for back up contraceptive for the entire cycle. If you miss one to two pills in a pack, you will need to use a back up form of contraception during that pack. ...Read more

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How long does it take until birth control pills are effective after waiting 1 week to start a new pack? Is it immeadiately or does it take a few days?

How long does it take until birth control pills are effective after waiting 1 week to start a new pack? Is it immeadiately or does it take a few days?

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

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How many birth control pills does the doc give you at one time?

How many birth control pills does the doc give you at one time?

3 packs and 3 refill: What I normally do is prescribe 3 packs of birth control pills (three months) at one time, with three refills. When the refills are up, it's time to go back in for a yearly checkup. This may or may not include a pap smear (women in a monogamous relationship that have had normal pap smears can decrease frequency of pap smears to every 2 years). ...Read more

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Can giving a 12 year old birth control pills increase her chance of getting cancer?

Can giving a 12 year old birth control pills increase her chance of getting cancer?

No: Pills are not associated with an increase in cancer. If the twelve year ols has not finished growing, the hormones in the pills will stop her growth. Do not give the child the pills unless prescribed by her doctor to prevent her from being shorter than she should. ...Read more

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I just started a new brand and pack of birth control pills while I am on my period. Does the period last longer since this has happened?

I just started a new brand and pack of birth control pills while I am on my period. Does the period last longer since this has happened?

New bcp's: Most oral bcp's are now "low dose" types, so the week on placebo's is relatively light. The important part to remember is to start the "new" bcp pack at "day five" after your last active pill of the last type of bcp. It is not necessary to take all seven of the placebos, and "day five" will help insure an ovulation will not occur. ...Read more

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How long does birth control pills work until they are in effect and I won't need to use condoms?

How long does birth control pills work until they are in effect and I won't need to use condoms?

Birth Control: Hello AndreaA299. Some package inserts advise protection after 7 days but I advised condoms for at least a month after initiating a contraceptive. For maximum protection against pregnany and the only available protection against sexually transmitted diseases, I suggest condom use each and every time even after that first month. For consults, my link is
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I just switched birth control pills, I have been on the new one for two and half weeks. And started seeing dark brownish red tint discharge..

I just switched birth control pills, I have been on the new one for two and half weeks. And started seeing dark brownish red tint discharge..

Breakthrough bleed: Sounds like breakthrough bleeding which occurs when you have bleeding at unscheduled times. Brown is simply old blood that has been sitting at the back of the vagina. Often things get back to normal the next cycle. If not then schedule a visit to discuss changing brands or changing birth control methods. This is very common. Other than being annoying it is not dangerous. ...Read more

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I missed three birth control pills, and took them in one day. I then stopped that pack and started a new pack, period now for 8 days, any info?

Breakthrough bleed: When you missed the 3 pills the lining of the womb has been released and is the cause of the bleeding also known as breakthrough bleeding. Eventually it will stop as long as you remember to take your new pack of pills everyday at the same time each day. By the way, run a pregnancy test to be sure that it is negative if you were sexually active in the previous month. ...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. Louis Gallia
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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