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Doctor insights on: How To Start Birth Control Pills Mid Cycle

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Could you tell me what happens if you start birth control pills mid-cycle, during or right after ovulation?

Could you tell me what happens if you start birth control pills mid-cycle, during or right after ovulation?

You can start anytim: You are likely to get more irregular bleeding in the first month of taking the pills, if you start mid-cycle, and (of course) you are not protected during the period you describe (b/c if you ovulated, then there is an egg available to be fertilized, so you need the back up method for the first month after starting the pill). Regardless of when you start taking it.

Dr. James Krick
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What would happen if you stopped taking birth control pills mid pack?

What would happen if you stopped taking birth control pills mid pack?

Likely early period: It's likely that you will have some bleeding==or an early period. It's not otherwise harmful, but you should expect bleeding. If you still need birth control, you should switch to another method rather than just stopping.

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I started my birth control pills mid August, got my period in September but missed it in October. I've also had breast tenderness, bloating, etc. Could I be pregnant?

I started my birth control pills mid August, got my period in September but missed it in October. I've also had breast tenderness, bloating, etc. Could I be pregnant?

You may need to: Get a pregnancy test a bit later on. People on birth control pills should not become pregnant but the protection is never 100%. So there is a finite chance that despite on birth control pills you may become pregnant. I would ignore breast symptoms and bloating as probably nothing to worry buy missing a period can not be ignored. Wait one more week and then get tested for pregnancy. Good luck.

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Just started my birth control pills in the mid second week of taking them an ha unprotected sex, could I be pregnant?

Can I be Pregnant?: It is most likely that you are not. But, I believe the bcps come with a warning to make sure you protect from pregnancy during the first month on pills.

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I just started birth control pills and about mid cycle I experienced bleeding. A day later I had protected sex with a condom. Could I get pregnant?

Not likely: Atlhough the oral contraceptives may not be providing protection yet, a properly used condom is. However, condoms are not 100% effective. So never say never.

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What is the best way to start birth control pills?

What is the best way to start birth control pills?

Sunday start: Take your first pill on the sunday immediately follolwing the onset of your period. Most pills give you the option of a sunday start or starting on the fifth day of your cycle. Sunday is an easy day to remember every cycle so it is frequently recommended. Remember to use back-up protection (condoms) for the first cycle.

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I am an extreme emetophobic, and I need to start birth control pills. Is there any side effects to really worry about?

I am an extreme emetophobic, and I need to start birth control pills. Is there any side effects to really worry about?

Take at night...: Take your pills at night with a Benadryl (diphenhydramine) tab to avoid nausea and dizziness. Unschedueled bleeding is another minor side effect, and while uncommon, blood clots in the legs and pelvis are a more serious side effect. If you have a family history of DVT (blood clots) let your doctor know before you take pills.

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Is it okay to start birth control pills anytime during your period?

Yes: Starting bcps during your period generally gives you protection right away.

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I am starting my period tomorrow or thursday, I started spotting. I want to start birth control pills. When gould I begin with my first pill?

I am starting my period tomorrow or thursday, I started spotting. I want to start birth control pills. When gould I begin with my first pill?

Today or Sunday: There are 2 options for pill starting. Either right away or the sunday after the flow starts. The benefit to right away is pregnancy prevention sooner. The benefit to waiting is that the period will almost always fall during the week and not on the weekends. Convenient.

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Can you start birth control pills anytime during your cycle, as long as you take them consistently?

Can you start birth control pills anytime during your cycle, as long as you take them consistently?

No: Oral contraceptives need to be taken within the first week of your menstrual flow to guarantee their effectiveness. Ovulation can and does occur thereafter, and starting a pill after no previous contraception later than 10 days is like "locking the barn door after the horse is gone".

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How soon after a vaginal birth can I start birth control pills?

How soon after a vaginal birth can I start birth control pills?

2 weeks: You can start a progesterone-only pill about 2 weeks postpartum. A combined pill with estrogen and Progesterone shouldn't be started until a few months after delivery as the estrogen can slightly increase your risk of blood clots immediately postpartum and can decrease your milk supply if started too soon.

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Can you start birth control pills anytime during your period?

Can you start birth control pills anytime during your period?

Yes you can: The typical start for for birth control pills is the first day of your period or the first sunday after your period starts. The latter has the advantage of always starting a new pack on sunday, ending on saturday, and menstruating during the week, so your weekends are free. It is also easier for your clinician to keep track of where you are in a pack if you have questions.

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Is it normal to just start birth control pills and have a period 15 days from last?

Is it normal to just start birth control pills and have a period 15 days from last?

Yes: It typically takes about three months to gain full control of your period. This does not mean that bleeding is normal for all people. Your doctor should be notified so you can be evaluated for a possible ultrasound of the pelvis if this is a problem.

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If you start birth control pills, but you are already pregnant, will the pills kill the baby?

If you start birth control pills, but you are already pregnant, will the pills kill the baby?

No: Birth control pills will not harm a pregnancy. But of course once you realize you are pregnant, stop taking the pills.

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If I start birth control pills 2 weeks before period is due, what is likely to happen? Will period still occur same time?

If I start birth control pills 2 weeks before period is due, what is likely to happen? Will period still occur same time?

Probably: When starting the pill at mid-cycle, you should expect some irregular and unpredictable bleeding that may come and go for several cycles. By the end of the third or fourth pack of pills your periods should be coming only at the end of the pack as expected. Be patient for the pill to have time to suppress the ovaries and regulate the cycle.

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Can birth control pills help with my polycystic ovary syndrome? If I start birth control pills, could this improve my polycystic ovary syndrome? .

Can birth control pills help with my polycystic ovary syndrome? If I start birth control pills, could this improve my polycystic ovary syndrome? .

Can regulate periods: Ocps are standard treatment for pcos. They can help to artifically "regulate" your periods. But they don't 'fix' the underlying hormonal imbalance. This is harder to do. The pills are impt - b/c they 'protect' the endometrium from the chronic overexposure to estrogen in pcos pts and thereby decrease the risks for pcos pts to get endometrial cancer in the future.

Dr. Jeff Livingston
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