Hello again. I'd like to say thanks again to Lauren for the advice she gave me when I last posted. I've still been feeling a little nervous about my situation though, so I've been hanging around the forums. I just happened to read the entry entitled "pill help-getting nervous" and the poster's situation sounds a lot like mine.
That said, can I also take the advice given to her? Is it ok if I get back on the pill even if my period for this month hasnt come yet? If I get back on the pill, is it likely that my period will come after I finish the pack and be regular again?
Thanks in advance... this site is so great and a great comfort to me!
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Like I told her, yes, you can start the pill before you get your next menstrual period. You've already had a full period with no sexual activity since then, and the main reason it's advised to wait for a menstrual period is to ensure the woman is not pregnant before starting the pills.
You might have a higher incidence of break-through bleeding or spotting, though, from starting the pill in this manner, and you must be extra dilligent by using a backup method for at least two weeks (preferably, the entire first pack). The spotting is harmless, but many women find it annoying.
If you're aware of those issues, are willing to deal with them, and/or need pregnancy protection ASAP, you can start your pack today.
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