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poppyseed
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yay ! i survived my appointment at planned parenthood and got my first birth control ever. it went very smoothly (: i just have a few questions. the dr. told me that i could start taking the pills today, so I did. the first day of my last period was just November 12. Was my dr. right in saying I could start today even though it isn't the first day of my period, NEITHER the sunday after I got my period? What's the difference of waiting for these times, rather than doing what I did and taking it right when I got them? Thanks a bunch ! (:
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There are a couple of reasons it's advised to start on one of those two days. First, it tends to mean less cycle weirdness and breakthrough bleeding or spotting. Secondly, if you start either the first day of your period or do a Sunday start, the pills will most likely be fully effective after the first week - if you start at any other time, you will need to wait the full first pack before relying on them alone for contraception. (Although, it's really a good idea to wait the first full month no matter when you start, just to be on the safe side and to give yourself time to get into the habit of taking a pill at the same time every day.)

Make sense?

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Yeah, makes sense. Thanks ! So do you know typically what are the main differences I'm going to experience since I didn't take it on one of those two days? Minus having to wait until the full pack rather than 7 days.
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Usually, if you take it on the first day of your period, the birth control packages say that you will be fully protected from the time you take the pill. Taking it at any other time, you're supposed to wait a week before you rely on the pill as your sole method of contraception.

However, it's definitely advisable that you use backup protection during the first month, since everyone's body reacts differently to pills and the birth control may not be effective even after the first week.

As someone who generally starts a pack the first day I get them, I have noticed some hormonal, PMS like mood swings and a bit of spotting. These should ease up after the first couple months as your natural cycle aligns with your pill and might not even happen to you at all.

Good luckkkk!

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thanks so much ! i'm still very new to this birth control thing haha
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