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amyscissors
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I was wondering if I could ask a few questions about the contraceptive Pill. I've been thinking of going on it for a while, for that extra protection against pregnancy (me and my boyfriend have been using condoms which have been fine but still, back-up is always good!)

However, I'd also like to know if taking it can help you plan your periods. I'm due to get my period round about now, which means I'll get it around this time, aybe a few days later next month, which is when my boyfriend gets back home after three months away, so as you can imagine, I'd prefer not to be on my period!

So if I started the Pill after my next period (this month) would it delay the one after so that I can have it when my boyfriend has come home? I don't mind if its not effective for the first month because of not taking it on the first day of when my period would be because we'd be using condoms, but I just want to know if its possibke to use it to delay my period. Like if take it for the 21 days, then wil the withdrawal bleed happen, no matter when I started taking it in my cycle?

Sorry if this makes no sense [Frown] but I really don't want to be on my period when he comes back and if I can use the Pill to do this, since I was going to go on it anyway, that would be a bonus!

Thanks for your help [Smile]

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Karybu
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The pill can help you predict your periods (or more accurately, withdrawal bleeds - what you get on the pill isn't technically a period because you don't ovulate). However, it isn't unusual for withdrawal bleeds to be a bit irregular in the first few cycles of the pill, and/or for women to have some breakthrough bleeding during the active pills, especially if they don't do a Sunday start or start on the first day of their period.

Basically, if you were thinking about going on the pill anyways, then now is as good a time as any, it's just no guarantee that you won't have your period when your partner gets back.

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