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My period was suppose to come this friday but i started birth control last friday. so basically i started 1 week before my period was suppose to come.

it is okay? or do i have to start the day of my period/ sunday? the person that prescribed the pill said i could take it.. so i dont know.

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replied May 18th, 2010
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when I first went on the pill my dr told me to wait till I get my period and on that day take the pill, and make sure I take it the same time everyday... Hope it helps.
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replied May 18th, 2010
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I did that. My period was late, because my cycle is never completely regular, and I started anyway.

It's fine to start before your period, but the reason they advise you to start on the first day of your period is because then you are protected straight away. If you start any other time in your cycle you should use an additional form of protection for the first seven days.
Or at least that's what my Dr told me. You should be fine. You are now protected, if you have been taking it more than a week. However if you miss one or take one later than the safety window, you will again have to use an additional form of protection for seven days.
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replied May 18th, 2010
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thank you greywolf!
one more question, so, (different scenario) lets say i DO start the pill on my period and i miss one or later than the safety window, do I still have to use an additional form of protection for seven days?
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replied May 19th, 2010
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smexyprincess wrote:
thank you greywolf!
one more question, so, (different scenario) lets say i DO start the pill on my period and i miss one or later than the safety window, do I still have to use an additional form of protection for seven days?


You're welcome. I'm on the minipill and this is what I was told by my doctor.

The pill I'm on has a 12 hour window, which means that if I fail to take it at my usual time, 12 midday, I have until 12 midnight to take it. Going by what my doctor told me, if your safety window is 12 hours, you therefore will have twelve hours to take it, after which you will not be protected.
From what I understand, if you miss a pill, or take it more than that number of hours late, you will not be protected and will need to use a second form of contraception (a barrier method such as condoms) for seven days. If you have sex without a condom / second method within this time, you could become pregnant.

This is what I was told by my doctor, although the safety window and the time for which you will need to use a second form of protection depends on what type of pill and also what brand.

Most combined pills from what I understand have a twelve hour window and you will need to use a back-up method for the first seven days (after starting or missing a pill). If you are on the progestrogen only pill you have three hour safety window, unless you are on Cerazette which is 12 hours.

The pill generally needs to be taken at the same time every day, although around half-hour or twenty minutes late won't matter too much.
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