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akemisouma
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I'm very irregular and i can't tell when my periods will come. It started today, late night, can i buy and start the pills tomorrow?
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Heather
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I assume you mean the birth control pill?

If so, people can start the pill at any time in their cycles.

It's just that how effective it will be how soon, and how quickly your body will tend to acclimate to it, varies per when people start.

So, if you are NOT starting in the first day of a period, or on or before the first Sunday after a period, know you'll need to back up your pill with another method (for any sex where you want pregnancy protection) until you finish that whole first pack.

You also may find you have more mid-cycle spotting for the first few packs, and that the withdrawal bleed you have on the pill may take a little longer to sync up with the placebo week than it would starting at those other times.

If you ARE starting before the first Sunday after a period, then the pill will usually become fully effective after a week of use, and your withdrawal bleeds may sync up faster with your pill.

[ 06-26-2014, 07:33 PM: Message edited by: Heather ]

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akemisouma
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I see. So it's better if i wait 'till sunday..? Thank you!
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Heather
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Nope, any day iis fine, and so long as you start before Sunday, and take your pills properly, you can figure you have the full effectiveness within one week.

Sorry if I was unclear! [Smile]

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