I have just started my period and not sure when to start my pills. It says to start now, but that means I'll be at the sugar pills in three weeks. Will I get my period in another three weeks when I get to the sugar pills? Or do I start the first week of another pack to avoid my period in three weeks and keep it at four week. I've never taken the pill before. Today is feb 28 and I will be on vacation from March 22-29 and do not want my period then. Help, when should I start the pill? Now while on period or wait until period is over? Or wait until a week before vacation? Thanks everyone
If you start now you are protected from pregnancy from the start. The other option is the Sunday after you START. If you do that you need a condom the first week. What you do to avoid a period is when you get to the sugar pills, you don't take them, but instead start a new pack. Its simple. This is safe to do and you can do it several times a year without a problem.
Your period comes during the fourth week-the week you are taking the inert pills. The best way to start the Pill is to start either Day 1 of your period taking the first pill that day (called Day 1 start) or to take it the first Sunday after the start of your period (called Sunday start and if you do this, you need to use back up protection, usually condoms and spermicides are best, for 7 days) If you start now, you may have your period while you are on vacation so like Kaismama told you, to avoid having your period, you would go to a new pack right after you finish the third week of this first pack and not take the week of inert (no hormones reminder pills). This may or may not work. Usually skipping the inert pills will work but there is no guarantee. Some women spot or bleed anyway. Your periods will likely be lighter on the Pill then what you are used to now but this can take a few months. Even if you dont start your pills, it is likely that your period would still come that week, maybe a few days later, but still sometime that week. When I was on the Pill, I usually didnt start my withdrawal bleed until the 3rd or 4th day of the inert tablets and this is common for a lot of women. Your best shot at avoiding your period is to skip the inert tablets and go straight to the new pack after the third week of this pack.
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