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Shelby
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So I'm in love with the great guy and we're thinking about having sex. I am making sure to use both condoms and birth control pills, but I've had this creeping question. I've had my period for almost 2 years, and it still isn't regular at all (mabye its because I have such a low body weight?). I happens *about* every 3 months, but again, thats just a guess. And I know how birth control pills work, you take them for 3 weeks and then not at all the week of your period. So heres my question- If I still have a totally irregular period, how would I use birth control pills? Would I just take them until I finally get my period, then stop for that week, then continue again once it stops? Geez, I really need some help! Thank you!
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dailicious
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Hormonal birth control can actually help regulate your period. Even if you experience irregular periods now, you would take birth control pills the exact way as they are prescribed, meaning taking three weeks of active pills and one week of placebo pills, then start your next pack the same way.

When you're on hormonal birth control you don't get a real period, but instead a withdrawl bleed because of the drop in hormones during the off week. This means you should not start a withdrawl bleed until you have started those placebo pills.

Whenever you want to begin taking hormonal birth control you shoudl speak with a gynecologist, a anyway, and at that time can go over all the information about side effects, how the pill works, and how and why you take it the way you do.


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