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So my girlfriend takes a BC pill and she says she finished her last in the packet yesterday. So my question is how long is the time between taking all the contraceptive pills for the month and the first day of her period?

Is it about 3/4 days?

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It really varies - some women find that they get their withdrawal bleed almost right away, for others it takes several days. She would know what's normal for her, though, if she's been on the pill longer than a few months.

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Do you mean she finished the last pill in the pack or the last ACTIVE pill in the pack?
Pills can come in 21 day packs where the girl takes 21 active pills (pills with hormones) and stops taking pills all altogether for 7 days. That's the week she gets her withdrawal bleed. The patch and ring work with the same concept. 21 days on, 7 days off, repeat.
More commonly, pills come in 28 day packs that again contain 21 or 24 active pills followed my 4 or 7 "placebo" or "sugar" pills that have no hormones. The only point of those is to keep her in the habit of taking pills every day. If your GF takes this kind and she is on her last pill, she may be finishing up her bleed.
Every girl gets her withdrawl bleed in different points in the off week. Some get it right away and some do not get it until the day before she starts a new pack, patch, or ring. When I was on bc, I got mine 3 days into the placebo week, but that's me [Smile]

[ 09-11-2010, 03:12 PM: Message edited by: ilovenerds ]

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