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So I just started taking oral contraceptive birth control pills(tri-sprintec)but i'm just on the 3 28-day(3 month) trial period.
I know about the possible side effects, but I'm mostly concerned about the weight gain. How fast do side effects normally kick in? my friends say that during 3 months, that is too short for me to gain weight or have any side effects, and that I would have to be on it a bit longer for that to happen.
Is that true?

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Weight gain isn't something you'd likely see until a bit later on in taking your birth control pills, but that's more how weight gain works, rather than the timing of side effects.

Also, in general, most women don't experience a great amount of weight gain on hormonal birth control, and proper nutrition and exercise can help prevent that, anyway. Also, most women who have experienced weight gain, usually note that the weight is lost very easily when they stop the hormonal method.

Usually, the general rule is that your body will take a couple months to get used to the hormones in the pills, this means that you may experience many side effects associated withhormonal birth control (like spotting, or your withdrawl bleeds being a bit off or odd) for the first couple of months, and generally, byt the third pack of pills your body will be used to them and things will smooth out.

After your thid pack, if you're still having negative side effects (like mid-cycle spotting or trouble during your placebo week & withdrawl bleed) you should see your doctor to see if trying a different prescription would be a good idea.

If in the first couple months you experience any more serious side effects, scuh as bad headaches, dizziness, very sharp pains, etc. then you should see your doctor right away.

[ 05-24-2006, 05:59 PM: Message edited by: dailicious ]

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I just wanted to ask (Not worth starting a new thread) Do women on the 28day pill get a bleed at any time? If so when, and if not, is this healthy? :/
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Like dailicious said above, if your pill formulation is right for you (good cycle control), you'll generally have a withdrawl bleed after a few days of the placebo pills.

During the first few months, you may skip a period. If you've taken your pills correctly or used a backup method, there's no need to be concerned. If you miss two periods in a row, or haven't taken your pills as directed, though, you should call your doctor for advice.

[ 05-25-2006, 05:15 PM: Message edited by: Miss Lauren ]

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