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I was on the depo shot for about 14 months. I was supposed to get it again im may but decided to switch to the pill. Its been a month and I have not started my period and Im finding out that after being on depo for a long period of time it may take months even up to a year to restart your cycle. I know that I have to start my period before I can get on the pill but Im tired of waiting and dont want to wait months much less a year in order to take the pill. In my case can I start taking it anyways or do I really have to wait to start my period?

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replied June 15th, 2009
Birth Control Answer A6801

The Pill is a combined oral contraceptive pill, which contains two hormones: estrogen and progestin. The primary mechanism of action includes inhibition of production of certain hormones in the body which are needed for ovulation.

The recommended dosage for The Pill is one tablet daily for three weeks. It is very important to take the pill at the same time every day. Otherwise, the effectiveness of protecting you from unwanted pregnancy might be significantly reduced. The Pill is usually started on the first day of your period. After 21 days (3 weeks), you either stop taking them for one week or keep taking pills that do not contain any hormones (which one that will be depends on the package).

However, taking a hormonal contraceptive might be accompanied with certain side-effects. So, you might want to talk to your gynecologist to check whether the missing period is really caused by taking Depo provera (generic name: medroxyprogesterone) or something else caused the missing period. If another cause is diagnosed, your doctor might conclude that The Pill is no longer an oral contraceptive that is suitable for you. As you can see, whether or not you take The Pill depends on the cause of the missing period that has to be determined before proceeding with The Pill.

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