Hi guys. Last month I had to go off of my birth control (Velivet). I called for the refill last minute, and hadn't kept track of the refills. My doctor who issues the refills works out of the college health clinic, and that was closed over Christmas break, and I was about to leave the state for a couple weeks, so I didn't stress and just went off for 1 cycle.
I went to the pharmacy today and they told me I had one refill left (that alone confused me enough since I'd tried so hard to get a refill over break!) so they filled it for me. This Thursday will be four weeks after I was supposed to start the pack that I should have had over break. So, the plan was to start this new pack on Thursday.
My question is: I haven't had my period yet. Is this due to my body being confused by the changes in hormone level? Should I start the new pack on Thursday like usual, or should I wait for my period and start when it is over? I'm not having sex right now so that is not an issue. I'm just concerned about making this easier on my body and doing it in a way that makes sense.
Going off the pill does absolutely confuse your body, and it can take up to a few cycles for your menstrual cycle to get back into the swing of things.
The best thing to do now would be to wait for your period to show up, and then take the pill on the first day, or the first Sunday after it starts. And, of course, should you become sexually active again in the meantime you'll want to remember that this is essentially like starting over from zero in terms of protection, so you'll want to back up with condoms for the entire first month.
And for the future, you'll want to try and always have a spare pack around, so you can avoid situations like this.
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Sometimes your doctor can prescribe it so that you get 3 packs at a time, or you can ask the pharmacist to give you more than one pack at a time if you have enough refills. I'm not sure if it works like that everywhere, but my doctor prescribed the pill for me as 3 packs with 4 refills to cover the whole year, so you can ask if something like that would be an option.
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