How Soon To Start Contraception

posted 3 years ago in Intimacy
Post # 3
8677 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Generally the pack and doctors will tell you to start it the first Saturday after your next (or current) period ends.

Post # 4
3978 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@HopefulSim:  I would start now. Helps you get used to remembering to take the pill, regulate your cycle (sometimes you might have spotting the first month or so). If you’ve never taken it before, it’ll also tell you if you can tolerate that type of contraception. Friends of mine have had reactions to birth control pills– migraines and the like– and so if for any reason it doesnt’ work for you, you’ll have time to try alternatives and also not feel terrible on your honeymoon!

Post # 5
7664 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

Start ASAP!

Post # 6
4072 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

Yeah, go ahead and start now. Get into the habit. It also may take a while for your body to get used to it – it’s common to have symptoms for the first few months.

Post # 7
1015 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I agree with PPs, start now!

Post # 8
451 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

As PP said – start now. It’ll help you determine when your period will start (i.e. how many days after the last active pill), and then time to shift things for your wedding

Post # 10
712 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2015


Excellent advice. It takes three months for the Pill to become truly effective and sometimes the symptoms take months to subside.

Post # 11
490 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I started the pill about 2months before the wedding and it was fine

Post # 12
1626 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I am on the generic of Seasonele or whatever it’s called, it’s 1 period every 3 months. *evil grin* It just so happens I’ll be in the 2nd out of 3 months on my wedding/honeymoon. 🙂

Also, set an alarm on your phone, it totally helps. I have one that goes off every night and it’s really convenient if we go out to dinner or are totally involved in homework/a movie and don’t know what time it is.

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