... long does it take until you are protected? I took the first pill (out of the red section) on the first day of my period which was on Friday as per doctors instructions. I'm so confused as to how this works but would like some tips on how the pill works etc many thanks
Are you on Levlen or Tri Levlen? I'm trying to figure out what the red section is. They've lumped all birth control like it under one section so I can't find the colors.
I'd be glad to help with any questions you have. You follow the pack taking one pill each day. I wrote this up a few days, must have been for you, lol
How Birth Control Works
First, you have to know a little bit about how your body works. All thru out the month our cycle changes are caused by hormones. When a certain level drops and another increases, we ovulate. Then when another one drops and another increases we have a period.
Birth control pills are those hormones. They trick the body. If the hormone level remains constant, you won't ovulate. When the hormones drop, as in when you are on the week break, then we have a period. This is why if you miss a pill you can get bleeding. And why you might ovulate if you miss several.
This is also why if you take your pills correctly, you have an extremely small chance of pregnancy, you maintain the hormone level so that you will not ovulate.
It is also why the start time for the pills is the first day of your period or the sunday after it starts. Because you are working with your natural cycle. You can start them anytime and fight your cycle, but you will have more spotting because its not the regular time for things.
The fact that our bodies are governend by hormones is why when you take things like plan B it really messes up your body, because its a huge one time dose of hormones.
Its also the reason you can trust hormonal birth control. If you have the hormones in your body you cannot ovulate.
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