(Closed) I need advice about BC!

posted 6 years ago in TTC
Post # 4
1805 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

Call up your doctor and ask him if its okay, can’t hurt to ask! I used to put my pills by my toothbrush so I remembered to take em every morning ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 5
1109 posts
Bumble bee

@Adams_bee:  I used to set my phone alarm to go off at 9am to remind me. Also used period tracker app on my iphone! Helps you chart your period to see your ovulating days and such. You can also set an alarm for your pill I believe. Pretty neat ๐Ÿ™‚


Post # 6
692 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

The only side effect from starting a BC pill pack late (other than pregnancy) is that your cycle might go a little out of whack.  You might start spotting before you reach the ‘fake pills’ week, or your period might be kinda light or kinda late.  But it should go back to normal the next month.*

I used to keep my pills next to my bedside alarm; as soon as I get up, I pop a pill out of the pack and head to the bathroom for water.



* this is said only as someone who has experience with BCP, but who only takes it to actively TTA, IDK if its different if you’re using it to treat PCOS

Post # 7
3314 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Personally as a woman with PCOS, BC is NOT a treatment for PCOS.  It’s a bandaid that drs that don’t really know anything about PCOS use to cover the problems.  The problem is that all it does is cover them.  It doesn’t fix them!!  BC for me actually made things worse.  I didn’t know I had PCOS (though I knew that my cycles were funky) until after I came off of BC and had 17 months of no cycles at all.  I had to work hard changing my lifestyle and diet as well as taking metformin, to get my body back on track and working properly.  

My advice would be to get a 2nd opinion from an endocrinologist who specializes in PCOS before going on BC.  

Post # 10
86 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Ask your dr about skipping a period. I don’t know if this is plausible with pcos but my dr told me how to do it and I have had no problems. 

Post # 11
234 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I used to set an alarm at 6pm on my phone and kept it in my purse because I figured I’d always be awake at that time and near my purse…




I also started taking BC on a different day and didn’t have any issues, but my body seems to adapt fairly quickly to hormones (I got mirena and haven’t had a period since where some people have spotting for a while after insertion)… As far as I know (other than pregnancy) spotting is the only side effect from starting a pack late. Also, even if you start when you are supposed to, your period probably won’t come until two or three days into placebo pills, and you could probably take two packs in a row to avoid your period all together. I did that for three months at a time for years and didn’t have any problem with it…


ETA I don’t have PCOS so your experience could be different…

Post # 12
1423 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

Others have gotten it right.  You can start a pack of birth control pills at any point in your cycle.  You just might have some random spotting during the first cycle.  (If spotting continues after the first pack, you might need a different pill to avoid it.)  I would double-check your pill pack insert to see how long you need to take them before you are considered protected, birth control-wise — but that might not matter so much for you. 

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