I just began taking birth control for the first time on February 10th. The doctor at PP walked me through it and best made my schedule so I wouldn’t have my period on my wedding (March 9th).
But, the day she marked I should get my period (third sugar pill) is in eight days (the 26th). The app I’ve been using since 2005 for tracking when I’d begin my period and start ovulating (and has been 100% accurate for the past two years) has me beginning my period on the 22nd, when I’m still on the regular pills. So then I’d possibly be taking sugar pills while not on my period.
Do I just take the pills as has been scheduled, or do I do anything different once my period begins?
I called PP and someone will call me back in 48 hours, which may be too late, and no drugstore pharmacist can help me, saying “I honestly don’t know.”
Just take the pills as directed; the pill will change your hormone balance and your cycle to get in line with the pill pack. Normally it takes a pack or two of pills to regulate, so definitely follow your doctors orders. With you starting a pack mid-cycle, I’d expect it really will be wonky. Typically, you start your first pack either the day your period starts or the Sunday after it. You won’t be ovulating on the pill, so an ovulation tracker will not be correct going forward.
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Ignore your app- the pill pack is your new app. It might be a little off the first pack, but it should regulate really soon. You will get your period the day/day after you take the first sugar pill, and stop at the latest the day after you take your first active pill.
If that didn’t answer your question, you just take the pills as directed to make your cycle adjust to the pill pack. Your period shouldn’t begin while you’re on the active pills, but if it does, just keep taking them the way you’re supposed to.
Agreed with the other posters. The app that you have is completely worthless now because you are using artifical hormones in BC. But your period might not be exactly in the middle of the sugar pills, that depends on your body. Mine was usually at the very end of the sugar pill week.
I really appreciate everyone’s response! The doctor at PP said I can still use my app, so I assumed that meant it was still accurate, as of right now.
I’m honestly scared for you that the doctors and the pharmacists didn’t know how to answer your question. The “period” you get on birth control isn’t really a period. You don’t cycle, you don’t ovulate — the bleeding that you get is from a withdrawal of the hormones that your body experiences when you stop taking your active pills for a week (or four days, or for however long your particular pill goes).
The app you’re using is based off of ovulation — if everything is going right, you should never ovulate on birth control pills. I used to have a 32-35 day cycle, and on BCP, I’m at a perfect 28, every single month. The hormones in the pills will regulate you to a “new” cycle.
As this is your first month on BCP, things might not be fully regulated right away. You may experience some spotting or “breakthrough bleeding.”
As with any new medication, I strongly, STRONGLY recommend that you do some reading. Read the packet that comes with your pills, find out if there are any medications that interact with your particular pill, anything that will inactivate your particular pill, and do some internet searching on how birth control pills work in general. I can’t believe how much misinformation is out there (even here on the Bee! Some people just have no idea how their meds work).
@cmbr: +1 to all of this!
Also, there is no guarantee on when your period will start/stop during your placebo week when you just started to take your pill. It will vary for every woman. I am a Sunday start, and my period starts on Wednesdays and goes until Monday.
I’ve been on BCP’s forever. A few different kinds. You will get your period anywhere from a 1-4 days after you start taking the placebo pills. (Usually the white ones.) If you don’t want a period near your wedding- DON’T HAVE ONE! Skip the placebos and go straight into the new pack. I have been doing this for years and multiple docs prescribe them for me in this manner. It works great. I wouldn’t dream of having a period around my wedding-yuck!