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How do you start taking the Pill?

How do you start taking the Pill?

by: Dr. Pooja Mehta
Sr. Consultant - Obstetrics & Gynecology

It is important to know when to start taking the oral contraceptive pills or birth control pills. The time when you start your pills decide your menstrual cycles and affect your body functions. It is best advised that you consult a gynecologist before you begin to have the pills. The doctor shall recommend the best brand, dosage to you accordingly. Please also note that if you have any previous medical history of fibroids, cancers, hypertension or heart disease, consult a gynecologist is a must to avoid any complications.

How to start your oral contraceptive pills?

There are three different ways to start taking birth control pills.

  • 1.First Day of Period Start: Start your pills on the first day of your period. Continue to take one pill every day at the same time. With this strategy, you don’t have to use back up method as the pills are successful in counteracting pregnancy immediately.
  • Quick Start: Take your first pill today at a decent time for you. Keep on taking one pill consistently at the same time. With this strategy, you have to use back up pregnancy protection (for example, condoms or abstinence) for no less than 7 days.
  • Sunday Start: Take your first pill on the first Sunday following the begin of your period. In the event that your period begins on a Sunday, begin your pill that day. Keep on taking one pill consistently at the same time. With this strategy, you have to use back up pregnancy protection, (for example, condoms or abstinence) for no less than 7 days.

ISSUES RELATED TO BIRTH CONTROL PILLS:

  • Missing your periods & scanty blood flow: It is not uncommon to incidentally avoid a period totally while utilizing the pill. Remember, pills can make your flow lighter so even a very small amount of blood is considered a period. If you miss your period, then start with your next pack of pills.
  • What to do if you miss taking the pill: If you miss taking a pill or take it late then you can consider other methods like a condom or you can abstain for first seven days. Take one pill as soon as you remember and your regular pill at the usual time (you may be taking 2 pills on the same day: one at the time you remember and the other at your regular time).
  • What can happen if you miss taking the pill: If you miss more than one pill, what to do depends upon how much estrogen is in your sort of anti-conception medication pill.
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