Post # 1
So my FI and I aren’t having sex until our wedding night. We’re planning to use the pill as our primary form of birth control, but seeing as there’s no need for me to be on it until we are having sex, I haven’t done anything about it yet. When do you think I need to start on it for it to be effective on the wedding night?
Post # 3
At least a month (that’s what my dr told me), but I would aim for at least 3 to be on the safe side, so you have time to change methods if you need to, and to get used to the symptoms. My boobs grew 2+ cup sizes when I went on the pill!
Post # 4
You are protected from pregnancy about 7 days after starting the pill, so you could start it after your last period before the wedding. However, if you have never been on BC before, you might want to start earlier. Hormonal birth control often has a myriad of side effects and the first 1-3 months can be a tough transition period onto that type of prescription. It might be a good idea to start 3 months before your wedding so your body is used to the hormones by the time you get married.
Post # 5
If you begin taking the pill on the first day of your period, you are protected immediately. If you start taking it any other day of your cycle, you are protected from day 8 (ie you are not protected the first week).
However, you should be aware that side effects can be common for 3-6 months when you first start taking it, and these can include weight changes, bad skin, and mood changes. For that reason, I personally would either start taking it well in advance, to give side effects time to settle, or else as late as possible (eg 8 days before), as they won’t have had much time to build up.
I had horrendous mood swings when I first went on it and wouldn’t have wanted to be dealing with those close to the wedding.
Post # 6
@ClassyKate: I agree with the 3 months window. I’ve been on birth control pills consistently for over 11 years now, and I’ve still noticed issues/changes if I change the brand I use (I’ve tried several types at different points). It’s probably better to be safe than sorry … You don’t want to suddenly start experiencing side effects right before an already stressful time!
Post # 7
I agree about starting a little ahead of time, maybe a few months. That’s what I did when I planned to start having sex, and I had all this spotting and some other side effects with the first pill I tried. My doc prescribed me a different pill, since the first pill you try might not be the right combination or dose of hormones for you, and the second one I tried had almost no side effects.
Post # 8
I would also give it a couple/few months. I started one pill that made me vomit all over the house. You don’t want that for your honeymoon! They very well might need to tweak it, and I would rather have all that over and done with as soon as possible.
Post # 9
I would go ahead and start now, for several reasons. First, not everyone does well on every pill, so if you start now, you have several months to make adejustments if they’re needed. Next, it will give you all the more time to get preactic taking them regularly so there’s less chace of you missing pills by the time you’re married. Third, it could help you adjust your cyc les to make sure that you don’t have you period for the wedding and honeymoon.
Post # 10
I’ve always been told the first time you start a pack of pills for the very first time, you’ll need backup protection that first month. Ask you doctor to be sure!
Heck I switched brands of pills and used backup for that month, despite being on pills continuously for years. I was not taking any chances. My friend said that’s how she got pregnant, trying out a new brand and no back up was used.
Post # 11
I was in the same boat as you are. I started 3 months before the wedding and it worked out fine. I had no side effects, but it got me into the habit of having to take it every day at the same time.
Post # 12
@ClassyKate: IDK girl i got pregnant on birth control so :/ good luck
Post # 13
I agree with the PPs who say a few months. It gets you into the habit and gives you a chance to change brands if you have any major side effects. Best of luck!
Post # 14
I’m in the same boat exactly. Same wedding date, too! haha
I’ve never taken bc, don’t know what to choose, when to start… AHHHH
Post # 15
When I was on the pill my doctor told me to be “safe” for at least a complete cycle.