Hi, so about 2 weeks ago I went to the doctors and got birth control (Junel Fe). She said I could take it whenever, even if it's not around my period time. So I basically started the pill when there was 2 weeks left to go until my next period. So now those 2 weeks later, my period tracker said I was supposed to get my period 2 days ago. But I've gotten nothing but some cramps beforehand. Is it possible that the pill made me skip this upcoming period? I've one week left until my off color pills. So will I get it during the off colored week? If I could get a response that'd be great!!!
yes, it will change your cycle. It seems to be a new trend that docs tell you to start bcp anytime but when I was teaching women how to start, we taught to wait until your next period because the hormones in the pill work better with your cycle that way. It really doesnt matter too much though, you may be irregular a month or two (or maybe not at all) Periods, when on birth control pills, are not really periods, think of them more like "withdrawal bleeds" because you are stopping the hormones and the response is that you will bleed. In fact, if you happen to miss a day or two of pills accidentally, it is likely you will bleed. The "off colored" pills you describe are placebo pills (or otherwise known as sugar pills) there is no hormone or active medication in them, they are strictly for helping you to remember to always take a pill each day and to be sure that you start your next pack on time. Since there is no hormone in these pills, your "period" or "withdrawal bleed" will likely start a few days into those pills. Dont be worried if you dont bleed with the first pill and frankly, you may not bleed much at all that whole week. Eventually, usually after a few cycles, your body will get used to the hormones and cycle regularly and you will know just about exactly when you will bleed during the "off pill week". Expect your bleeds to be lighter than normal while on the Pill. This is normal. Remember to try to take your pill every day at approximately the same time of day for best rate of protection. Pick a time that you will be able to easily remember to take your pill, for instance, if you go to bed at 10pm every day, you could pick that time. It is okay if you are an hour or so early or an hour or so late but try to be as "on time" as you can. For the Pill to work optimally at 99.9% effectiveness, it should be taken at around the same time of day. Another VERY important thing, if you go on antibiotics for any reason, use back up protection, like condoms, some antibiotics reduce the effectiveness of birth control pills. You can ask the pharmacist when you pick up an antibiotic if it will effect your pill if you like but best rule of thumb is to use back up protection. Always be sure to let all your health care providers, even your dentist, know you are on birth control pills, they ARE considered a medication and can interact with other drugs. Hope this helps! All the Best-Dzoo.
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