Womens Health

When to start birth control pills?

I am 34 years old. I never used any oral contraceptive until recently.

My physician gave me a prescription for Levora®. He told me to start it on Sunday, the 5th. My regular period was due on the 8th of this month. I started the medicine on the 5th, and I noticed from about the 5th until right now that I have had slight cramping and very light spotting.

I am very bloated and feel sluggish. Is the Levora® interfering with my period? Is this spotting going to continue until next month when I have my period?

Or is the pill going to cause my period to start at a different time of the month all together.

I called the pharmacy and the pharmacist said that most women start taking the pill after the period begins.

In general, BC pills are started after the menses starts but not always. Your menses will start when you finish the active pills.

Between now and then it's difficult to say what will happen. You may have no bleeding, continuous spotting or some combination of the preceding.

The bleeding usually will straighten out by the second or third pill cycle.

Table of Contents
1. Break through bleeding
2. When to start the pill
3. Shorter cycle?
4. Expired pills ok?
5. Light period on Pill. Am I pregnant?
6. Postpone a period
7. Switching pills
8. Switching brands
9. Pill and individual variability
10. Is it necessary to switch?
11. Severity of symptoms
12. Big decisions
13. And switching back
14. Which pill? Undecided?
15. Heavy flow
16. Pill problem finale
17. Why cramps?
18. Exercise help cramps?
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