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Can I start taking Tri-Cyclen in the middle of my cycle or do I have to wait until I begin my period? There is usually over a month between my periods. My last period began on Aug. 9 and ended Aug 15. It is now the 21st. If it is unsafe to begin taking the pill now, why? If I do begin taking it now, how long until I am protected? In short, can anyone tell me what I can do to be protected as soon as possible?

Thank you!

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replied August 25th, 2008
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It is not safe to start taking birth control pills in the middle of the cycle. It is much safer if you start taking the pills when your next period begin.

If you use condom you will be protected instantly.
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replied August 25th, 2008
Dr. Nikola, why is this? i started my birth control mid cycle, in fact my doctor told me i should.
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replied August 31st, 2008
Like Concernedk, I would also like to ask, again, why it is unsafe? I like to understand all of the medical choices I make as much as possible.

Concernedk, how long until you were protected on the pill after starting in the middle of your cycle? Some people say 7 days, some people say 1 month... but most of them did not start in the middle of their cycle. I started about 9 days ago and haven't experienced any side effects.

Thanks in advance!
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replied September 1st, 2008
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It is not safe to start taking birth control pills in the middle of the cycle because in the midle of the cycle ovulation usually hapens. It is not forbiden to start taking the pills in the middle of the cycle but you should be aware that the ovulation in that cycle may not be prevented so there is a risk to get pregnant. The progesterone-component in the pills makes the cervical mucus thicker and unpleasent for the spermatozoids but it needs time for acheiving full afficiency. That time is minimum 7 days but some people say longer (even a month).

I beleive that is more rational to use condom (or avoid sex) for 2 weeks and start the pills when it should be (when next period starts) than to start the pills in the middle of the cycle, use additional contraception for 1 or more weeks and to be scared about possible conceiving during all those 2 weeks. I think that by starting the pills in the middle of the cycle the risk for unwanted pregnancy is greater than the pleasure you can get for those 2 weeks. But anyway, the choice is yours.
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replied February 20th, 2009
My cycle
If I were to start my bc pills between cycles would it affect the start date of my cycle? Meaning I started my bc pills 2 weeks ago Friday and my cycle would normally start today. Will this now change to coincide with the pills in my pack?
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replied April 25th, 2009
Starting pill for skin
I'm starting the pill to help clear up my skin (not for contraceptive reasons). Would it be ok to start mid cycle? I would it still be better to wait for my next period?
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replied October 31st, 2009
starting the pill mid cycle
my period is 8 days late...due to stress so i dont think it will come this month so is it safe to start taking the pill now??
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replied December 30th, 2009
You can start your pill on the first day of your period or Sunday start...and these are the two most popular methods that your Dr. will usually recommend, however,
taking birth control pills mid-cycle is actually a method called "Quick Start" Google it for more info Smile

Quick Start:

Take your first pill the day of your appointment with your provider, regardless of where you are in your menstrual cycle. This allows you to start your pills immediately, without waiting until you get your period. If you use the Quick Start method, it is necessary to use condoms or another back-up method of birth control until you have taken seven active pills. Women concerned about a possible pregnancy before starting the pill should wait until they get their period and choose either the first day start or Sunday start method. If using the Quick Start method, your period may be delayed until you take your placebo pills. If you do not get a period during the placebo week, take a urine pregnancy test. You may experience break-through bleeding; continue taking your pills even if unscheduled bleeding occurs.
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replied January 20th, 2010
I began taking Birth control during my mid-cycle...
I had horrible pains on my waist line on my last period, dec 19. so 2 weeks ago i went to the doctor. She gave me sample birth control and said if my periods were still painful that i should come back for an ultrasound to see if i may have cysts... I used the birth control for 2 weeks and i began my period (on my normal cycle, jan 19). what should i do? Should i just keep using the pill regularly or should i stop and wait for my period to stop and start a new pack?
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replied March 27th, 2010
my gf and i had sex about a month ago. she started the pill about two-three days after. she was using quick start method. since she started she has experienced light nausea and light spotting when her period was "supposed to start". she will get to placebo pills in like 3 days... but she hasn't had a real period yet and is feeling light nausea. should we be worried? is it true that she will start her period on the day she starts her placebos? why was she bleeding lightly on the day her period should have started? thnx
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replied April 9th, 2010
can i start BCP mid cycle?
i have chronic hives and the pill has been helping w/ them however i was having thyroid issues so i went off th pill about 6 weeks ago...my hives are back and worsening w/ each day - is there any MEDICAL HARM that could come to me if i start the pill mid-cycle. preventing pregnancy is not the issue, i just want relief from my hives and am afraid they will continue to worsen if i wait until i get my period again. thanks.
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replied April 9th, 2010
can i start BCP mid cycle?
i have chronic hives and the pill has been helping w/ them however i was having thyroid issues so i went off th pill about 6 weeks ago...my hives are back and worsening w/ each day - is there any MEDICAL HARM that could come to me if i start the pill mid-cycle. preventing pregnancy is not the issue, i just want relief from my hives and am afraid they will continue to worsen if i wait until i get my period again. thanks.
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replied May 22nd, 2010
Noriday pill when to start taking it
I have just finished my period yesterday - first day of it was a week ago, and want to start taking the (prestogen only) pill so i dont get my next period, as am going on holiday. i thought it would be ok to start it now but see i was meant to start it a week ago when my period started! If i start it now, will i get my period because ive started it late, or will it just not come til i stop taking them?
Just dont want to get caught out - not concerned about contraception just the hassle of having it while away.
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replied May 22nd, 2010
Switching pill brands mid-cycle
My insurance forced me onto the generic form of Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo, after having taken the brand for 8 years. I'm having a lot of nausea and upset stomach after taking the new generic for 5 days.
Is it okay to switch back to the brand 1 week into the pack? I would use a backup contraception...I'm just wanting to get rid of the upset stomach.
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replied August 12th, 2010
Starting BC early or mid cycle
if i start taking BC pills a week before my period is due will that make my cycle shorter?
what about mid cycle lets say two days into my period
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replied December 12th, 2011
Mid-cycle BCP start!
Ladies from my understanding...

1) Try to follow the directions your doctors gives you. Either start on the first day of your cycle or the first Sunday after it starts.... This is to keep you protected right away, to keep your period OFF the weekends, and to avoid the possibility of having irregular bleeding due to the start of the pill.

2) It's not harmful to you at all to start the pill mid-cycle, but to my understanding it does mess up your cycle a little bit once you begin. be flexible! Be aware it take a week of active pills to be protected. Also be aware that you may have irregular bleeding.
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replied January 15th, 2012
Hormone dose..?
I had an appointment with a new doctor for my birth control, she was first to ever preset the quick start method to me. When we talked about it that day it was about a week before my period was due to start, but I didn't actually pick up my pills until today, about two days since my period stopped. I take ortho tri cyclen lo and the only thing that makes me edgy about this quick start stuff is that there are different hormone levels throughout the month. Is that supposed to coincide with my cycle. Like.. Is it okay to start a low dose hormone during my ovulation?? That doesn't seem right to me. Tomorrow is a Sunday and I'm planning to starty pack just to be safe but Im thinking that when I pick up my pills next month, I want to start it off at the right time. Do the hormone doses an the cycle need to coincide?

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replied January 15th, 2012
I had an appointment with a new doctor for my birth control, she was first to ever preset the quick start method to me. When we talked about it that day it was about a week before my period was due to start, but I didn't actually pick up my pills until today, about two days since my period stopped. I take ortho tri cyclen lo and the only thing that makes me edgy about this quick start stuff is that there are different hormone levels throughout the month. Is that supposed to coincide with my cycle. Like.. Is it okay to start a low dose hormone during my ovulation?? That doesn't seem right to me. Tomorrow is a Sunday and I'm planning to starty pack just to be safe but Im thinking that when I pick up my pills next month, I want to start it off at the right time. Do the hormone doses an the cycle need to coincide?

--kat
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replied February 7th, 2012
Birth control, mid cycle start
Hi, I started microgynon on day 19 of my cycle, which is normally quite long, and had unprotected sex after 21 active pills, i know i waited over seven days, but because the likelihood is i had ovulated and had not yet passed out the egg, does this mean that i could possibly get pregnant? should i have waited the full 28 days?
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