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Manna
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My boyfriend and I have been dating for four years. We are both virgins, waiting until marriage to have sex. Since we have started talking about setting a date, I figured I should start thinking about birth control. I wanted to start it at least a month before the wedding, but I had a few concerns. First of all, what are the procedures to gaining a prescription, and secondly, how long does it take for the medicine to work its way through your system? Considering I am a virgin, I'm very uneasy about the thought of a pap-smear. Any information would be very helpful. :]
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You will visit your doctor or gynecologist to get a prescription. Your doctor will be able to best discuss your preferences and the ideal form of birth control for you, your body, and your lifestyle.

When you visit your gynecologist you can, and should, mention that you have not had penetrative sex and would like them to take things slowly and explain what they are doing at each step. You're also totally allowed to have another person in the room with you, so if having your boyfriend, or a mother, sister, or good friend would help you relax then that's another thing to consider.

Can you clarify what you mean by "work through your system"? Do you mean once you start or once you are off?

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Stephanie_1
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Per the gynecological visit? Take a look at this article: Your First Gynecologist Visit

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Manna
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quote:
Originally posted by CoatRack:


Can you clarify what you mean by "work through your system"? Do you mean once you start or once you are off?

I mean once you start it, how long does it take for the medicine to become effective? Is it immediate, or does it take a while? I remember reading somewhere that it takes about a month for the chemicals to take effect.
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Stephanie_1
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Yes, if you're talking specifically about using the pill, we suggest waiting about a month. Some doctors say two weeks, but hormones work differently for different people, so better safe than sorry.

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