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nayit
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I've had regular periods since June until last month.However this past month,I have been on a more healthier,low calorie diet such as eating vegetables for dinner and salads for lunch.I've lost some weight and now my period seems to be delayed (I was supposed to get it day before).I've cut back severely on my meat consumption for this past month as well.

It may not be any reason to panic but my periods are generally quite regular.
Is it possible that my new low calorie diet is causing a delay? I'm supposed to be starting by Birth control pills from this cycle onwards (Microgynon30) but since my period is not here yet,can I take them anyway?

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A change in diet can certainly affect the menstrual cycle. So, yes, that may explain why your period is late this month.

Also, did you start your period earlier this year? If so, some irregularity is completely normal. In the first couple of years, periods can be all over the place until the menstrual cycle becomes regular.

As for starting the pill, you can technically do that at any point in the cycle. However, it's best to start on the first day of your period - that way, you'll be fully protected sooner, and you have a lower chance of irregular withdrawal bleedings. So, I'd suggest you simply wait until this period turns up, and then start the pill on the first day of the period.

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nayit
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No I started my period when I was 12 and I'm 20 now.Its been very regular so far.

If I start now,what is the percentage of effectiveness of the pill? How will it affect the pill's function if I start now?

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I was just confused as you said you have had regular periods since June - because if your periods were irregular before then, as well, it sounds like they've just generally been irregular and this isn't anything new. If that is the case, have you discussed this irregularity with your gynecologist at all?

If you start the pill now, you will want to use a back-up method of protection for the entire first pack. You'll also want to be prepared for spotting, and for your withdrawal bleeds to be a bit wonky for the first 3 or so months.

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I apologise for the confusion.I should have been clear.I've had regular periods all through these years.I was on Microgynon 30 for 3 months since June and would like to restart now as they eased PMS symptoms.

If I use a back up option along with the pill,how protected will I be against a pregnancy risk?

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Just another question,the leaflet for Microgynon 30 says that by starting the pill,from the first day of the menstrual cycle a person is protected against against pregnancy risk immediately and need not use a back up methods.
However it says if a person chooses to start the pill at any point then they need to use a back up for the first 7 days of using the pill.Would this mean that after the first 7 days,a person if fully protected against a pregnancy risk?

If I take the pill from tomorrow for example and then happen to get my period for this month in the next few days then do I continue taking it while on my period ? After i finish one pack of the pill,should I expect a period/withdrawal bleed in the 7 pill free days? or will it be affected as I started the pill before my period?

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Combination OCP + Female Condoms = 99.98% effective with perfect use - 98.32% effective with typical use

Ideally, we suggest waiting one full month to consider the pill is working (though it can be less, some people's bodies take a bit longer to get accustomed). Per when to expect periods, your period may be off for the first couple of months on the pill, so there's no way of knowing for sure when it'll come. But if your period is close, you may just want to wait until the first day of your period to start the pills.

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