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luvgirl
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Hey, I just started my first package of birth control pills on 22th of february, a Thursday. My doctor said that after I finished my package I'd have to wait 7 days to start the next one, and that I would always start the package the same day of the month (Monday, friday, etc..). But I finish the pills tomorrow, and seven days from tomorrow is Tuesday. So I don't knwo what to do. Do I start to take them on Tuesday? Or wait until Thursday the same week to start?
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Heather
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Do your pills have placebo pills? That's a week of inactive pills, usually a different color than the other pills, at the end of the pack?

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No, just active pills. It contains 21 pills entirely.
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Okay. So, if you take your last pill tomorrow, on Monday, that means you're going to start your next pack on the following Monday, which will be seven days AFTER you took your last pill, and seven days off in between.

(If in doubt, count fingers on your hand to seven, starting with Tuesday, and you'll see that gets you to Monday.)

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So it doesn't matter that I don't star it on Thursday like my doctor said?
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I think perhaps something may have gotten misspoken or misunderstood between you and your doctor.

What's important with pills is that you simply take one each day from the day you started, in the right order (for pills where they're not the exact same pill every day). Then you need to make sure you NEVER take any more than seven days from the end of one pill pack until you start the next. So long as you never take more than those seven days between, and start a new pack the day after those seven days off, you'll be taking your pills properly.

That's not always going to happen on the same day of the week.

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