S.S. asks from Los Angeles, CA on July 25, 2008
Birth Control - Los Angeles,CA
When is the best time to start birth control. Is it true the sunday after your period?
M.P. answers from San Luis Obispo on July 27, 2008
That's what my OB said to me after I had my daughter. However, the pill case start you off on a Sunday so its easy to follow and I don't have to worry about remembering if I took it or not.
M.L. answers from Los Angeles on July 26, 2008
You can do what is called "quick start" meaning you can start any time. The reason birth control is started on the first sunday of your period or after your period is just so that you are sure you are not pregnant when you initially start. SUNDAY was chosen because it is the first day of the week and it was an easy reminder when to start the pill cycle. You can start birth control pills any time so long as you are not pregnant. If you have had unprotected sex since your last period you are suggested to take a pregnancy test. If of course you are not pregnant you can start the pill but need to use a backup method (condom) for the first 7 days of the pill use (if you have sex)to enable the hormones of the pill to start taking effect in your body. Just know that your period may be a little irregular for the first 3 months of pill use like spotting in between periods. Give it at least 3 months to get use to. But if you continue to have irregular cycles you may have to switch pills or birth control method (depending on the circumstances) you can ask your doctor/NP if you have any concerns-im sure she/he will inform you further.FYI-starting birth control on sundays is old school thinking/practice so if your health care provider still says you must start on sundays then they need up to date training or need to be caught up with the latest research. Good Luck!
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C.R. answers from Los Angeles on July 26, 2008
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M.S. answers from Los Angeles on July 26, 2008
sunday starter is now old way of starting any hormonal BCMs.The most effective way is to start on your fist day of your peroid whether you are using pills,patch or vaginal ring.......please get full instruction of whatever BCM you are choosing to use from your health provider including possible side effects of each methods. As a nurse practitioner the only thing that I don't like about mamasource is when some moms try to give advice on medical issues. The medical advising should be left to people who are qualified to give them. Remember, the purpose of this site is to share experiences and opinions only.
K.J. answers from Los Angeles on July 26, 2008
It depends on what kind of bc you are referring to. Sounds like you might be referring to your first pack of pills. If that's true, your doctor or pharmacist can certainly give you advice on this, but in my experience, my pill packets were always self explanatory and advised me to start on a sunday and I don't believe it matters what Sunday you start. Check the instructions that came with the pills and if they are specific, try calling any pharmacy. Most pharmacists are more than happy to help over the phone. That way you won't have to bother your doctor over the weekend.
J.J. answers from Los Angeles on July 29, 2008
Sunday after your period.
J.J. answers from Honolulu on July 30, 2008
I don't think it really matters what day you start it on. Different birth controls tell you different things. I always started mine on Sunday until I started using YAZ because you are supposed to start it on the first day of your period no matter what day it is. I would ask your doctor if you still feel un-sure.
E.M. answers from Los Angeles on July 26, 2008
I haven't had to deal with BC recently but just wanted to let you know that in my family our cycle is off and my brother, one of my sons and one of my neices were conceived the day after period ended. Be safe and use a back up.
C.A. answers from Los Angeles on July 26, 2008
I dont think it really matters. But, that is the easy to remember.