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jesque
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I just got back from my first gynecologist appt. and it went well, so I'm pleased about that, but I have a few questions that didn't occur to me when I was there.

I got a prescription and month trial for Generess Fe, and noticed after I left that they are chewable. I had never heard of chewable pills and would actually prefer swallowable pills. Would it bad to swallow these? Has anyone taken chewable birth control pills and could tell me about them? Should I ask to switch to a different kind?

Also, this month I experienced spotting instead of my 'real' period, that is pretty much over by today or this week. According to the Sunday rule, would I start taking the pill this Sunday because I've finished the spotting/really light period, or should I wait until I get my fuller period (in July)?
I'm sure I can call to ask, but I'd be more comfortable asking here and not trying to go through the process of trying to talk to my doctor during the middle of the work day (and the office has telephone call charges, though I think that visit-related questions don't count, just to be safe).
Thanks so much.

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Heather
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Most chewable oral contraceptive pills can be chewed or swallowed, but was does your patient information packet that came with your pills say about that?

You can start your pills anytime, it's just that doing a first day start or a Sunday start means they're going to be fully effective for you earlier.

So, you can start anytime, but if you're not starting on a first-day or Sunday after a period, you'll just need to be sure to use a backup method until your next pill pack, if you're sexually active and using the pill as birth control.

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jesque
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The patient information says "Chew and swallow one pill every day without water at the same time" - I guess the last part is a caveat to swallowing, but I want to make sure.

And I think I might wait for a first day start, or even the Sunday after I get my normal period back, to give me more time to understand the pills. I'm not sure how long it will be until then though, do you think this is ok? I'm not sexually active right now to need it as birth control right away.

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I think swallowing the should be fine, then, but you might just want to check in with your provider. It's unlikely you'd be charged for a follow-up question for information you weren't provided at your visit.

OR, you could call you pharmacist who filled the prescription.

So long as you use pills within the expiry date, you can wait however long you'd like to take them.

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