How to take birth control correctly

How do you take birth control pills for the first time?

Quick start.

During your medical appointment, take your first pill as soon as you get the pack from your doctor. Take the second pill the next day. During the first 7 days of pills, use a backup method of birth control, like a condom.

Can you start the pill at any time?

You can start taking birth control pills as soon as you get them — any day of the week, and anytime during your menstrual cycle. But when you’ll be protected from pregnancy depends on when you start and the kind of pill you’re using. You may need to use a backup birth control method (like condoms) for up to 7 days.

What is the best time to take birth control pill?

It’s best to take the pills at the same time every day. You can take them at any time during the day, but taking it either before breakfast or at bedtime will help make it easier to remember. Extended-cycle pills work in a similar way. You start taking the pill the first Sunday after your period starts.

How do I know if my birth control pill is working?

Be patient as your body adjusts to the new treatment and stay consistent with taking it regularly. Long-term signs that the pill is working might include clearer skin, regular periods, and lighter and less painful periods.

Is it better to start birth control on Sunday or first day of period?

First Day Start – Take your first pill during the first 24 hours of your menstrual cycle. No back-up contraceptive method is needed when the pill is started the first day of your menses. Sunday Start – Wait until the first Sunday after your menstrual cycle begins to take your first pill.
Starting to take the pill can stimulate the breasts to grow. However, any increase in size is typically slight. Within a few months of taking the pill, the breasts generally return to their regular size. This usually also happens if a person stops taking the pill.

Should I still use condoms while on the pill?

Remember, the pill doesn’t protect against HIV or other sexually transmitted diseases, so you need to continue to use condoms every time you have relationship, especially with new partners, to stay safe.

Can you get enceinte if you miss one pill?

Yes, there’s a chance you could get enceinte if you miss one pill, but generally, the chance of pregnancy isn’t any higher than usual – with one exception: your risk is higher if you’re using progesterone-only pills.

When is the best time to take birth control pills morning or night?

What is the best time of day to take your pill? Although you can take birth control at any time of day, it is best not to take it on an empty stomach. Dr. Yen recommends taking it before you go to bed or around dinner time (assuming that is when you have your largest meal) in order to avoid nausea.

How did I get enceinte on the pill?

If you take progestin-only pills, you should be especially careful about taking the pill at the same time every day. If you’re late with a dose or skip one altogether, your hormone levels can drop very quickly. This could cause you to ovulate and that greatly increases your chances for getting enceinte.

Should you still pull out on birth control?

The reality is withdrawal isn’t as effective as other types of birth control, but it’s definitely better than not using anything at all. And pulling out can be easily combined with other methods to give you extra pregnancy preventing power.

Should I take Plan B if I’m on birth control?

The pill keeps preventing pregnancy during the week you get your period (the “break week” as you called it, also sometimes called the placebo pill week). So if you’ve been taking your pill correctly, there’s no need to use emergency contraception like Plan B.

Is it good to go on the pill?

The birth control pill is a safe, simple, and convenient way to prevent pregnancy. It also has other benefits like reducing acne, making your periods lighter and more regular, and easing menstrual cramps.

Will taking a whole pack of birth control cause a miscarriage?

According to the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, taking birth control pills before getting pregnant does not cause early pregnancy loss. If you experienced a miscarriage and were taking oral contraceptives prior to conceiving, that was not the cause.

How long after starting birth control can you stop using condoms?

Theoretically, you should be protected from pregnancy about one week after starting birth control. With that said, using condoms is always a best practice in order to prevent the spread of STIs and other types of infections.

Why is there a 7 day break on the pill?

The 7-day break was invented when the contraceptive pill was created as they thought that women would want to have a bleed every month. The bleed you get when you stop the pill is not a “real period”: it is just a withdrawal from the hormones in the pill and it is not biologically necessary.

Why is birth control bad?

Birth control pills can increase the risk of vascular diseases, such as heart attack and stroke. They can also increase the risk of blood clots, and rarely, liver tumors Smoking or having high blood pressure or diabetes can further increase these risks.

Does birth control make you thick?

It’s rare, but some women do gain a little bit of weight when they start taking birth control pills. It’s often a temporary side effect that’s due to fluid retention, not extra fat. A review of 44 studies showed no evidence that birth control pills caused weight gain in most women.

What happens if I keep taking my pill without a break?

If you’re not sure which pill you’re on or which pills in the packet to miss out, speak to your pharmacist, community contraception clinic or GP. Avoid taking more than 2 packs without a break, unless your GP says you can. There’s a risk you could experience side effects, such as: feeling sick.

Can I take 3 packs of pills in a row?

You can take 2 or 3 packs in a row like this. When the 2nd or 3rd pack is finished, have a 4 day break from the pill and start taking your pill on the 5th day. You will not always start your pill on the same day of the week.

When does the pill start working?

Combination pills contain two hormones — estrogen and progestin — that prevent ovulation. If a person takes the first dose within 5 days of their period starting, it is effective immediately. If they start at any other time, the pill takes 7 days to work.

Can I skip my period forever?

So if you’re out here like, “I’ll straight-up shut down my period forever if I can do so safely,” you can. Yes, it’s safe. Yes, you can do it as long as you want. And since you’re in total control of the sitch, you can opt to postpone your flow rather than skip it altogether.

Do you have to wait 7 days every month on the pill?

When the pack is done, wait 7 days before you start a new pack. You’ll get your period when you aren’t taking pills (hormone‑free days). You’re still protected from pregnancy during this time. The hormone‑free days must not be longer than 7 days.

Can you stop taking birth control for a month and then start again?

Yup! You can totally save those unused packs of birth control and take them at a later time when you decide to start using the pill again — just make sure that the packs are full (no missing pills) and they’re not expired when you want to take them again (check the expiration date on the wrapper).