I started taking my very first birth control pills last month, on the first day start of period... The dr told me take sugar pills whenever you are on period... and so I did.. . But as I was getting to the end of the pack and to the sugar pills, I skipped them because I didn't get my period yet... But now I found out that I was meant to start taking the sugar pills in order to get my period!!! And I was waiting for it to come naturally... However I'm on week 4 now and have taken 4 weeks of full active pills!! Should I take the sugar pills now? Isn't it late to get my period ? If I keep taking active pills until next cycle, when will I get my period next?
Here is the deal, if you dont take the Pills correctly and in the correct order, they dont work right and you could become pregnant. You are supposed to start your very first pack's first week of active pills either the day you start your period or the first Sunday after you start your period. This is the ONLY time that your period dictates anything to do with taking the Pills. After that, your Pill dictates your period. You take 21 days active pills followed by 7 inactive ones (at least in most 28 day packs-a few are a little different). During the week of inactive pills is when your period should come but you dont change the way you take your pill no matter of when you start to bleed-even if it is the last day and even if you dont bleed-just keep taking one pill per day as they come in the pack then start your new pack when it is time.
In the first few months, your period may come a little early or a little late, no matter, you just keep taking the Pills as they come in the pack no matter what your body is doing or not doing at this point. After a few months, your cycle will regulate out and your periods will come where they are supposed to. If you are in the middle of a pack, just keep taking them all the way through to your inactive ones then start a new pack. Again, remember, it doesnt matter what your body is doing(or not doing) at this point. You have been stopping and starting so much that your body may be confused so it may take a few months to get regular. As far as protection, once you take 7 consecutive active pills, you are considered protected as long as you stay on track taking your pills. So you need to use back up until you have taken 7 active pills in a row. If you miss a pill, you have to make it up as soon as you realize you've missed and you again must use back up for seven days of active pills. If you miss an inactive one dont worry, you dont have to use back up if you miss an inactive pill, just make sure that you start your new pack on time. Once you are protected by taking the 7 active pills, you stay protected as long as you dont screw up taking your pills, even on the inactive ones. This is really not that hard-just take a pill each day at the same time of day from pack to pack.
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