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Peach7262
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Hi there,

I've been on the pill for about 3 years now. I ran out of refills, and got a new prescription from my dr today. When I started 3 years ago, I started on a Tuesday because I didn't want to have to wait, and it didn't give me any issues.

My question is that I know that most people start their pill on the Sunday after their period. That would be this coming Sunday for me, as I finished my period about two days ago. I normally start on a Tuesday, but I'll have been off my pack for a week. Also, I normally get my period on the weekends since I start on Tuesday and that can be kind of a bummer, I just never changed it because I didn't want to be off of the pill for too long.

I'm just wondering if I were to start on Sunday (after being off of the pill for a week) would it really matter? I know it might be a really simple question, but since I've been doing it the same way for so long I was just wondering. Thanks!

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Heather
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It really doesn't matter what day you start, it's just that if a person takes longer than a seven day placebo break, they basically need to start their pills all over again in terms of effectiveness.

In other words, if you're using them for birth control, and you start in a way that means you had more than seven days off active pills, you'll need to wait a full pack before you can count on them being fully effective or use a backup method.

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Great, thanks!
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Robin Lee
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Heather beat me too responding.

In addition to what she said, I think you might find this article helpful as a reference for pill questions (though you can also always come ask us too) [Smile]

Three questions about taking the birth control pill (and plenty of answers)

[ 08-22-2012, 06:17 PM: Message edited by: Robin Lee ]

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