I got my periods last week, second time since my baby was born 12 months ago. I was on the mini pill, but have stopped bf so needed to go back onto the regular pill.
My period finished on Wednesday, my doctor and pharmacist said I now have to wait until my periods start again next cycle before I can start taking it.
Does anybody know why? I mean, it's only a sugar pill when you have your periods anyway, so what difference does it make?
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21-12-2013 18:19 #1
Why do you have to start the pill when you have your periods?
21-12-2013 18:26 #2
I think it's because the hormones build up in your system over the 21 days of taking the active pill to protect from pregnancy, so you could just start taking the active pill now but it may not build up enough. That's my understanding anyway, I've been on the pill on and off for the last 8 years and I still don't really get it :-)
21-12-2013 19:31 #3
It's to regulate your hormones. If you start later in your cycle you tend to have break through bleeding because your body is confused and it doesn't seem to be able to get back into a normal cycle.
21-12-2013 19:51 #4
Agree with the reasoning in previous posts, but if it's only a few days I wouldn't bother waiting until the next month.
For example, a 4 day period ending last Wednesday - you'd only start taking the active pills today anyway.
21-12-2013 20:00 #5
21-12-2013 20:49 #6
Maybe just give it a bit longer for it to be effective in terms of contraception. Personally I don't understand why they said to wait to take it. I would have thought you just started but used extra protection for a while longer. I think you were fine to start.
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