(Closed) Off BC for a month

posted 7 years ago in Intimacy
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 1991

Double check with your gyno, because I don’t know for sure, but I would assume you would need to use back up BC for this pill pack.  Normally, you need back up BC for 1-3 months when you first start taking it, so since you’ve been off for a month, I would use condoms/spermicide along with the BC for this pill pack.  But def double check with your gyno!

Post # 5
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

from http://www.healthlinkbc.ca

How to start your first pack of pills

There are several ways you can start taking your first pack of pills. Talk with your doctor about when to start taking your pills:

  • Quick start. During your medical appointment, take your first pill as soon as you get the pack from your doctor. Take the second pill the next day. During the first 7 days of pills, use a backup method of birth control, like a condom or diaphragm.
  • Sunday start. Pick a Sunday to take your first pill, so that you do not have periods on the weekends. During the first 7 days of pills, use a backup method of birth control, like a condom or diaphragm.
  • Fifth-day start. On the fifth day of your menstrual period, take your first pill.

Post # 7
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Do your pills not come with a written handout? Usually you will find good information there.

Post # 8
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

You also should be able to find the inserts on the website for the birth control.

I think a week should be safe but I’m cautious so my husband and I waited longer before not using backup.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

Like @julies1949: said, you are TECHNICALLY safe after a week. However, it is usually recommended that you wait at least a month (some doctors say 3 months incase your body needs time to regulate) before you start having sex without a back-up (barrier, usually condoms) method.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2016

definitely use condoms. I use them even though I’m on birth control. Fiance and I are too scared to not use them!

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

@Jenniphyr:  I’m curious where you have heard or found the information regarding using back-up for 1-3 months from?  Are you personally a medical professional?  I am a medical professional, and I have never heard of that recommendation. 

@norab2684: As others have said, the information sheet should definitely outline when you are able to stop using back-up methods.  Typically, it is 7 days after beginning the active tablets.  If you have questions, definitely call your physician or pharmacist.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 1991

@EvaBostonTerrier: When I started on BC back in August, my gyno recommended I use back up BC for a month until I had taken one full pill pack.  I wasn’t sexually active then, but that’s what she told me.  She said because the hormones are supposed to inhibit ovulation, and there’s always a chance I could have ovulated prior to starting them, that I should use back up BC just in case.

I never really thought much about it because Fiance and I are waiting, but that’s what I was told then.  Whether it’s true or not, I have no earthly idea, but that’s what my dr told me.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 1991

Oh and my best friend’s gyno told her to use back up BC for 3 months, so that’s why I said 1-3 in my original post.  So, honestly, I don’t even know the answer, so I’m probably not helping at all. 🙂

But, definitely call your doctor and ask!

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

@EvaBostonTerrier: I am a nursing student, but the info I got re: 1-3 months was from the doctor who prescribed me the pills (I know the inserts say 1 week, but the rationale I’ve been given for 1-3 months is that different bodies take different amounts of time to regulate, and it’s better safe than sorry).

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

@norab2684: I realize you’re just starting up again, but different bodies have different responses to going off of BC. Some ovulate immediately, some take months to get back on the natural track. So, basically, better safe than sorry. 7 days is the minimum safe period, but you may want to wait longer. But it is up to you.

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