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Will Birth Control Work If You Start Taking It Day 3
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
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
If you're on birth control and want to become pregnant. Should you quit taking pills or finish pack of 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
If you're wanting to stop taking your birth control in order to become pregnant, should you finish pack or can you start the inactive pills
You can: Just stop taking the pills. You will likely have a "period" much like if you were taking inactive pills, so don't be concerned. Afterwards, start a menstrual diary and use ovulation kits to help you decipher if you are ovulating monthly, and when. This will help you time intercourse better. Good luck! ...Read more
Yes, but: Yes, but it may take a month or 2 or 3. It's not unusual in the first 1-3 months to have some bleeding between periods, even if you take the pill perfectly. If you miss pills, you're more likely to have irregular (or "breakthrough") bleeding. Write down the dates of your period, and ask your doctor if it doesn't correspond to the "placebo" or reminder pills. ...Read more
While taking junel fe 21 can you have your period while taking the active pills or will the cycle always start the week you don't take any pills?
Yes but.....: When you take birth control pills (BCPs) you typically have no bleeding while on the active pills but then have your menses 2-4 days into the placebo pills (not active pills). If you have bleeding while on the active pills it is more likely breakthrough bleeding (progesterone dominant effect). If you are just starting the BCPs it may take your body 2-3 months to adjust to the hormones. ...Read more
After Depo-Provera then taking BC pill can the pill help you get a reg period so that when you stop the pill you can conceive ?
Very unlikely: It is very unlikely that you would get pregnant which is obviously what you are asking taking both Plan B and birth control pills correctly but, if you are taking your pills correctly, there is no reason to take Plan B. It would be better to use condoms and decrease the risk of STDs in addition to increasing the contraceptive effectiveness. Hope this helps. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Your last pill on birth control& you had unprotected sex, do you take sugar pills, or should you just start new pack right away to not risk pregnancy?
Birth control works: If you start your pills on day 1after your period, your pills should be effective almost immediately. You will certainly be protected by the time you would have ovulated if youmweren't taking pills (approximately 2weeks after your period begins). ...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
Pregnancy test first: if you are sexually active its a good idea to have a negative pregnancy test first. (most dr offices will do this before prescribing anyway). ruling out other causes of absent period (abnormal thyroid, malnutrition, etc) is something else your doc does. there are various forms of contraception -- if your goal is to achieve regular periods "the pill" or nuvaring will be helpful. ...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
Can it take multiple birth control packs to start your period if you just now started taking it ? Please help!
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 ›
Is it okay to take your last birth control pill on saturday and then start your new pack of birth control on sunday so that you skip a period?
Yes: This is what we call "extended cycle" and it's perfectly fine to do. ...Read more
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