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Why do I have to wait until my period begins to start taking the pill?

Asked by ItalianPrincess1217 (10148 points ) October 27th, 2011 from iPhone

I had my baby in September and I’m still waiting to get my first period. The doctor gave me birth control pills to start taking but told me to wait until my period starts. What would happen if I just started taking them now? I have a big event coming up in 2 weeks and I’m concerned that I’ll get my period right in time to ruin it. And it would also be nice to stop worrying about condoms and avoiding pregnancy. Would starting the pill before actually getting my period be a very bad idea?

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XOIIO's avatar

It can take two or three months to get your period back to normal if you do this, from what I’ve seen online.

I don’t have periods obviously, but it sounds like a bad idea.

Rarebear's avatar

So it will be timed properly.

Bellatrix's avatar

@ItalianPrincess1217, I can’t remember it has been so long, but don’t you start taking the pill at a particular point in your cycle? I would think you need to have had your period to know where in your cycle you are.

creative1's avatar

I was told that its because they want to be sure your not pregnant when you start it. At least that was what I was told years ago when I took it.

filmfann's avatar

They want to make sure you don’t have an egg sitting in there waiting for fertalization.
That can be very bad if you are taking the pill.
Just be patient, and do what the doctor says.

nikipedia's avatar

It doesn’t matter. I have had multiple ob/gyns tell me to start it whenever I’m ready.

Yanaba's avatar

I would call and leave a question for a nurse or doctor at your clinic just to be sure, and have them call you back whenever they get around to it with an answer.

I recall when I first went on mine, I was allowed to choose the day of the week I started (they suggested Sunday for some reason). That wasn’t after pregnancy, but that would suggest that there can be some flexibility potentially.

KatawaGrey's avatar

When I first starting taking birth control pills, I just started taking them in the middle of my cycle. Then when I got my period, it was way longer than usual. Off the pill, it lasted about a week, on the pill, three or four days, but that time it lasted for a couple weeks. It will be very unpleasant. Listen to your doctor. If you get period during this big event, it may be unpleasant, but if you get your period during the big event and it lasts several weeks, that will be worse.

sliceswiththings's avatar

Doooooo it. What @Rarebear said. I started the Pill two weeks before my period. Two weeks in, my natural cycle kicked in and i had a period. Two weeks after that, my placebo period happened. You see the pattern. I became anemic because I was just constantly bleeding. It takes the Pill many months to take over fully so your event will be much more ruined if you don’t wait and have a constant period!!

sliceswiththings's avatar

About the day of the week thing: I start on Saturday. Then I usually get my period Sunday night or Monday and I can count on it being done by Friday night!

cazzie's avatar

Listen to @Rarebear. The pill is made to work in conjunction with your natural cycle (well, some more than others, depending on which one it is….) If it is the mini pill, because you are breastfeeding, you really want it to be working with your cycle. Try not to think of getting your period as ‘ruining’ things. Try to think of it as, ‘Oh, there now… back to normal.’ and simply do what you have to do. After the birth of my son, I had the opposite to your problem. Looking after our hormones, especially if you are breastfeeding, is important. Those hormones affect more than just when we bleed.

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MissAusten's avatar

I’d call the doctor and ask for clarification. If you read the insert with the pills, it will give instructions for “Sunday start” as well as instructions for starting them when you get your period. I don’t see why you can’t do the Sunday start, unless this particular pill is somehow different.

In fact, the last two brands of pills I’ve used have come with stickers so I can change the days of the week printed over the rows of pills. For example, each time I start a new pack, I peel off a sticker that starts with Friday and ends with Thursday. I use it to cover the Sunday-Saturday, because when I started the pill ages ago, I started on a Friday at the advice of my doctor (this was after having my son). The doctor said to start the pills when I filled the prescription, which happened to be on a Friday. I didn’t wait for my period or have abnormal cycles after that. My period started when I got to the placebo pills, lasted the normal amount of time, and then ended. It’s been that way ever since.

ItalianPrincess1217's avatar

Guess who worried over nothing…I did. I got my period today :)

cazzie's avatar

Kia Ora, @ItalianPrincess1217 . take good care…..

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