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okay to start taking Diane pills now that period stopped?

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My bleeding just stopped and a lot of people told me to take Diane on the first day of bleeding but is it still okay to start taking the pills now that I'm done?


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replied July 10th, 2012
Birth Control Answer A36930
Hi,
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Although you can start taking the birth control pills anytime during the menstrual cycle, you are recommended to get started on it within 5 days of your menstrual cycle (taking day 1 as the first day of bleeding) to have the protection from the pills without disrupting your natural hormonal cycle. Since most of the hormonal contraceptive pills start giving effective protection after about 2-3 weeks of regular use, being sexually active without protection within this time after getting started with pills can put you at risk for pregnancy (if this is your first pill pack use). Continue to take the pills at scheduled time daily and follow missed-pill-protocol if you miss taking any active pills. Since none of the birth control measures give you 100% protection, you should consider using back-up method while having intercourse to have additional protection if you are worried about pregnancy. Visit your doctor/gynecologist for further clarification and assistance.
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