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eternal
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Okay, i'm using Cilest, if that helps anybody.

Basically, i came on, last night, at about 7. However, i wanted to take the pill in the morning, as i assume that would work easier for me, as i could just take it as soon as i wake up.

So, i just ignored my period, and took my first pill this morning at 10.

Now, i have a slight worry that i've 'missed' a day, and therefore, don't know if i'm protected or not.

The instructions say that it's best to take it on the first day of your period. But it doesn't say whether this means within the first 24 hours, or does it mean 12 hours? If it means 12 hours, then i have missed it.

I just want to be certain, lol.

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There's really nothing wrong with taking the pill the next morning after your period began. Some women choose to start birth control within five days after their period, and by the leaflets of most pills, it will say that you are protected immediately after that first pill.

However, just for future reference, we would suggest you back up your birth control with a condom for the first cycle of pills just to play it on the safe side.

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Okay, thank you very much! [Smile]

One more question. Is it okay to take paracetamol while on the pill?

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Paracetamol (or acetaminophen) is fine to take with the pill.

You can always check the patient information insert that came with your pill (or the patient information on the other medication) when you're worried about interactions. You can also ask at your pharmacy/chemist or call your health care provider and ask.

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Okay, thank you again! [Smile]

Another question, lol. Well, two.

Firstly, on about the second day of my period, my flow changed. It was a lot thicker than usual, and started to darken in colour. This continued, and i'm now on my 5th day. It's still happening slightly. I just want to know if this is normal, lol.

Also, can you take a pregnancy test while on the pill? Or, will it always come out positive because you're body thinks it's pregnant?

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Your period/withdrawal bleed can change overtime. As long as this isn't something extreme, like extremely heavy bleeding or blood that is bright red, then I wouldn't worry about it.

As for taking a pregnancy test- yes, you can still take them and they will work correctly. One of the ways the pill works is to stop ovulation. Since you aren't ovulating anymore due to the progeterone in the pill, it's just the lack of ovulation that makes your body think it's pregnant. What pregnancy tests pick up is hCG, a human growth hormone. Since this hormone isn't one of the ones in the pill, you won't have any in your urine for the tests to pick up. Make sense? [Smile]

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