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How To Start Birth Control Pills Mid Cycle
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. ...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
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. ...Read more
Just started my birth control pills in the mid second week of taking them an ha unprotected sex, could I be pregnant?
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. ...Read more
Can taking three birth control pills (Yaz) mid cycle make me two weeks late? Negative preg test today. Only symptom has been low side abdomen aches.
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Yes: Starting bcps during your period generally gives you protection right away. ...Read more
I'm about to start birth control pills for the first time (Diane-35). Should I wait for my first period day (next Monday) or I can start today?
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. ...Read more
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". ...Read more
On what day can I start birth control pills for the first time? I am currently on day 14 of my normal cycle length of 35 days
OCP: Best to start you first pill the Sunday after your period ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
I recieved rhogam shot after a miscarriage at 5 wks last tues because I am o-. Not ready to try and conceive. How soon can start birth control pills?
47 yr old healthy F. Put on birth control pills to stop a period I had for 3.5 wks. It’s working but is this the best plan?
Birth control: If it worked seems so but perhaps you have another question ...Read more
Not as well: Studies are ongoing to develop a pill to supress sperm production in men. Preventing one ovulation a month appears to be much easier than preventing the formation of hundreds of millions of sperm cells over the same period. I don't think men are going to be quite as motivated to take the pill every day as women are. ...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
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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