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When Do You Start Using Birth Control
If you are switching birth control pills and switch after your period week, do you have to use a back up birth control method?
No: If you are switching from one brand of BCP to another brand and starting on the day you would normally start a new package, you should have extended coverage. Also, if you have not been on the pill, but start using BC pills within 3-4 days after the onset of menses, that should also be effective without needing back up birth control. A reminder: BCP is not adequate for infection prevention. ...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
Your dco should: Have gone over this with you, about possible side effects like I do with all of my pts i put on pills, i never use that pill, I do not like generic pills and at your age you should be on the lowest dose pill if possible as it is much safer , my #1 pill is loloestrin- only 10mcg estrogen so less chance blood clot , etc and if u dont want kids anymore i would offer u an in office tubal takes 5 min. ...Read more
Work with doctor: For starting birth control, i recommend a thorough exam and discussion with your primary care or gyn physician. They know about all birth control methods -- and are expert in reviewing any health problems you may have, and prescribing the form of birth control most suited to you. ...Read more
7-14 days : One can start ovulating 7-14 days after stopping. ...Read more
Does taking birth control pills continuously to stop your period prevent you from getting pregnant later when you want to?
Birth control: Nope. No need to worry.Get a more detailed answer ›
Contraceptive condom: A condom is not only a contraceptive, but also a means to help protect against infection with the HIV virus. Hormonal contraceptives are very poor protection against hiv. The best protection is a mutually monogamous relationship between std negative partners. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
You can.: Birth control pills (bcp's) are intended to suppress the ovaries and prevent pregnancy by preventing ovulation. However, nothing is 100%. Failure rates for pregnancy with bcp's can be 1% to 5% depending on the particular pill and on the patient compliance. Skipping pills is the usual cause for failure, but ovulation (and pregnancy) can occur even when the pill is taken properly. ...Read more
Birth control basics: This is a good over view by Mayo Clinic. http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/birth-control/basics/birth-control-basics/hlv-20049454 ...Read more
Ask your OB and do: What your OB says, i start my pts at their 6 week checkup, if u are breast feeding and have not had unprootected intercourse before that u can start that day , if u are not breast feeding then i ahae my pts start the 1st day of their period , and u have to use different pills if u are breast feeding of course. ...Read more
It shouldn't be: Ovulatory pain. You can still get menstrual cramping, but these should be less and typically menses are lighter. You should not get ovulatory pain "mittelschmirtz" or pain mid-cycle with egg release if on "birth control" you mean ocp. Birth control pills suppress ovulation. You may have pains for other reasons that you need to discuss with your dr. ...Read more
I skip sugar pills of birth control. If I decide to take them again to start getting my period again would I need backup form of birth control?
Maybe. Maybe not.: If one takes her 21 pills and then starts her new pack (skipping the 7 placebo pills), she can finish the 21 pills of her new pack and then continue into the new pack's 7 placebo pills... and that should be fine (contraception remains effective). However, if she doesn't take all 21 active pills of her new pack but instead hops over to the placebo pills... well, can't really tell what happens then. ...Read more
If you're on birth control and want to become pregnant. Should you quit taking pills or finish pack of birth control?
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
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