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Noxy
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Hello, hello. I just got a prescription for Sprintec 28, and I know it is recommended I start on the first Sunday after my next period. I am "scheduled" to start on the 30th, which would have me in theory beginning BC on the 6th... and I'm flying out to visit the boyfriend on the 17th. My question is kind of multi-dimensional, so I hope I make this clear enough!

First, took Plan B exactly two weeks ago and experienced withdrawal bleeding about a week after that which lasted three days. Is this likely to delay when my period starts? I would LIKE to be protected by the time I get to him... and I'm concerned with waiting until my period starts to begin taking the BC, especially since it could possibly be late due to the Plan B. Do the negatives of taking it now mid/end cycle outweigh the positives of having three weeks to get it working through my system?

On a side note, when I took Plan B (first time) I had experienced CRAZY headache, fatigue, nausea, dizzyness, etc. within a week and a half or so afterwards, so I'm also somewhat wary of putting my system through more changes so soon after going through that.

Any thoughts or input would be GREATLY appreciated; I'm just kind of lost and not sure which direction to go! (Taking it now vs later.)

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Heather
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Welcome to the boards, Noxy. [Smile]

Per when you start your pills, it mostly doesn't matter, save in two ways:
• Starting on day one of a period, or by or on the first Sunday afterwards means your pill will likely be fully effective within one week. Starting at any other time means it might not be for one full cycle, until you start your second pack of pills.

• Starting on day one of a period, or by or on the first Sunday afterwards makes breakthrough bleeding during the first few packs a bit less likely, and can make it easier for the withdrawal bleeds you'll have while using the pill to sync up with your existing period timing.

We can't say what impact using Plan B will have on your upcoming period or two. There's just no way we can predict that, and knowing you had some bleeding with it doesn't change that. It's so random with people that it's just not something anyone can predict.

No matter what you decide to do here, we always advise backing up with condoms anyway, just to offer protection from infections the pill can't. And, of course, no matter when you start your pill, backing up with condoms always gives you a high level of protection against pregnancy, too.

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Thank you for the prompt response! I appreciate it. [Smile]
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