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Will birth control pills still work if you start taking it 3rd day of your period?

Will birth control pills still work if you start taking it 3rd day of your period?

Probably, Yes: If you are using the "sunday start" method of starting your birth control pills (starting sunday after your period starts), you may even be beyond day 3 of your period when this occurs. It is important to start your pills before your period ends and you may want to consider using condoms for this first cycle in addition to usual safe sex practices. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Ingerman
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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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What to do if I know stress delays your period but is that still a factor when I'm on birth control pills?

No: Stress may increase you metabolism which may lead into breaking down the pill faster, so if there was some effect, it would be abnormal spotting in between the cycles not a delay in the period. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have your period a week earlier than expected and I still have 1 week worth of birth control pills available.

Is it normal to have your period a week earlier than expected and I still have 1 week worth of birth control pills available.

Breakthrough bleed: Breakthrough bleeding (bleeding at the wrong time) is very common on birth control. It happens in about 1/3 of users. Its no big deal and usually self corrects over time. If you are not satisfied or it continues to happen then consider using a different birth control method. It is a common side effect and does not mean something is wrong or that the pill is not working. ...Read more

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Is it okay to start using birth control pills on the last day of your period?

Is it okay to start using birth control pills on the last day of your period?

Yes: If this is your first pack of birth control pills you can start it on the last day of your period. Commonly I have women starting their first pack begin on the 5th day of the period or on the sunday following the first day of the period. If you have been taking the pill already start the second pack the day after finishing the first pack. ...Read more

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Is doubling up on birth control pills to prevent your period one month bad?

Is doubling up on birth control pills to prevent your period one month bad?

Not good....: Check with your doctor before changing your medication regimen. There are often adverse consequences when directions are not followed... ...Read more

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How does taking birth control pills late affect your potential chance of ovulating? Could you end up ovulating during your period week?

How does taking birth control pills late affect your potential chance of ovulating? Could you end up ovulating during your period week?

Should not ovulate: The idea of using birth control is to prevent ovulation. When someone is on birth control pills they do not ovulate if they are using them correctly. ...Read more

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Can your body become addicted to birth control pills since you take them to regulate your period?

Can your body become addicted to birth control pills since you take them to regulate your period?

No: Not in the true meaning of the term addiction. Addiction is more than physical dependence, but oral contraceptives do not cause any kind of dependence. However, use of hormones does result in compensatory changes in the woman's body (hypothalamus, pituitary gland and ovaries) which may take some time to get back to where they were before. This happens with hormone meds like cortisol or thyroid. ...Read more

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While am taking birth control pills if you bleed before your period is that mean I can be pregnant?

While am taking birth control pills if you bleed before your period is that mean I can be pregnant?

Breakthrough bleedin: If you haven't missed any pills, it's likely breakthrough bleeding, which is daily common with low dose pills. It foes not effect the contraceptive aspect of the pill. Don't stop your pills. ...Read more

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If you are on birth control pills can the antibiotic biaxin (clarithromycin) cause your period to be late? Or missed?

If you are on birth control pills can the antibiotic biaxin (clarithromycin) cause your period to be late? Or missed?

Usually not: BUT, antibiotics in general can minimally decease the effectiveness of birth control, so be sure to use condoms as well when having sex on antibiotics. If your period does not come, be sure to check a pregnancy test, and see your GYN. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Can taking the Plan B pill while on birth control pills delay your period during the placebo week?

Can taking the Plan B pill while on birth control pills delay your period during the placebo week?

I believe so.: I am not a gynecologist, but my understanding is that Plan B is a high dose of hormones that induce shedding of the lining of the uterus (preventing an egg/embryo from implanting). Taking Plan B while taking placebo (which are sugar pills) will be like taking Plan B by itself. Bleeding based on a new schedule caused by Plan B may be earlier or l8r than usual depending on how ur body reacts. ...Read more

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Will stress delay your menstrual period even though you are on birth control pills?

Will stress delay your menstrual period even though you are on birth control pills?

It should not: Birth control pills should allow you to have a menstrual flow regardless of stress levels. If you are having problems with bleeding while on bcp's then see you gyn and find out why. ...Read more

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Can stopping birth control pills early affect your period?

Can stopping birth control pills early affect your period?

Absolutely!: After missing 3 pills or stopping, most women with have breakthrough bleeding/an early period. Also, don't count on the pill for birth control. If you're still having sex and don't want pregnancy, choose another method of birth control. If you do want pregnancy, you should take prenatal vitamins with folic acid/folate. ...Read more

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Could birth control pills really help regular your period?

Could birth control pills really help regular your period?

Yes: Birth control pills have many beneficial side effects, one of which is regulating a woman's period. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Can your period happen at the end of the birth control pills?

Yes: When taking bcp your period usually will starts during the week of "sugar pills". Most women will start menstruating a few days after stoping the active pill. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Is it okay to take your birth control pills while your on your period?

Is it okay to take your birth control pills while your on your period?

One per day: Birth control pills should be taken once per day. You take one pill every day for 28 days to complete the pack. Then the next day you start the next pack. You do not change this pattern if you are on your period. ...Read more

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How long does it take for birth control pills to regulate your period?

Variable: For most women, birth control pills regulate cycles within 3 months although this variable. ...Read more

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What would make you start your period a week early if you were on birth control pills?

What would make you start your period a week early if you were on birth control pills?

Usually breakthrough: The most common cause of this would be progestin breakthrough bleeding. The birth control pills can sometimes do such an effective job thinning the lining of the uterus that the lining becomes fragile and unstable and can bleed or shed unpredictably (and during the active pills, not during the placebo pills at the end of each pack.) could also be a cyst, polyp, fibroid or thyroid or other hormon. ...Read more

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What does it mean when your period comes early when your on the birth control pills for a year?

What does it mean when your period comes early when your on the birth control pills for a year?

Hormones Fluctuate: Hormone levels fluctuate during the cycle, even with birth control use. Cycles can occasionally become irregular due to this process. Missing a dose of birth control can also affect the menstrual cycle. Oral birth control is effective, but not 100% effective and pregnancy can still occur. ...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. Creighton Wright
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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