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Just a quick question, but urgent question.

I have been on the pill for about 4 years now. I missed taking a pack this past month, and have yet to get my period. I am 99% sure that I am not pregnant, as my partner and I have used condoms and made sure there was no leaking/breaking. Number 1 - I am starting to get worried because I should have gotten my period about 4 days ago. I read on your site that it can take a few months to come back due to the hormonal changes. But my concern is that I want to go BACK onto the pill, but everywhere is telling me to wait until I get my period, but I don't want to if it will take a few months.

Please...what do I do?! [Confused]

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You can technically start anytime you like if you want the most immediate protection. Waiting until a menstrual period is advised because it allows protection to take place much quicker, and reduces the chance of break-through bleeding/spotting.

If you do decide to start the pills immediately, you MUST continue to use a back-up method for at least the first 7 days -- the first full pack is advised. The pill doesn't get a head-start to inhibit follicular development like it does when you start during your period, so ovulating, and thus getting pregnant, is more likely.

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