birth control pills

I started birth control the day that I filled my prescription, but that was halfway through my cycle. Should I still expect my regular period?

Updated 2 May 2016 under Ask Us.

Since you started taking the Pill half-way through your menstrual cycle (rather than at the beginning of your cycle), your period will likely be later than usual- sometime after you […]

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I read that taking birth control pills can help lower the risk of getting anemia. I have already been diagnosed with iron-deficiency anemia; will going on the pill help?

Updated 21 October 2015 under Ask Us.

Birth control pills are often prescribed by health care providers to treat certain medical conditions such as heavy periods. Because there is less menstrual bleeding when taking birth control pills, […]

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I take birth control pills. Do I have to take the “inactive pills”? Why do I have to bleed during this time?

Updated 14 September 2015 under Ask Us.

Most birth control pill packages are made up of 21 days of active pills (one color)  followed by 7 days of “inactive” pills (a different color), however there are some […]

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Is it normal not to bleed the full week of your period when using birth control pills?

Updated 8 September 2015 under Ask Us.

Yes.  When on the Pill, the lining of your uterus doesn’t become very thick so very little blood needs to come out each month.  It is perfectly normal to have […]

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Continuous Hormonal Treatment

Updated 8 August 2022 under Health Guides.

Oral Contraceptive Pills (OCPs), the Patch, and Vaginal Ring Hormonal treatment including birth control pills, the patch, and the vaginal ring may be taken cyclically (with a week break) or […]

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I accidently took the third week Sunday (birth control) pill instead of the second week Sunday (birth control pill). What should I do?

Updated 24 July 2015 under Ask Us.

If all of the pills in the first three weeks of your pill pack are the same color, you don’t have to worry because they all contain the same amount […]

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I want to go on the pill but don’t want my mom to know – what do I do?

Updated 2 March 2015 under Ask Us.

In many, but not all states in the United States, your health care provider (HCP) can prescribe birth control pills without your parents’ knowledge. You can check whether this rule […]

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I’ve never had sex and I have regular periods without pain. Should I take birth control pills anyway?

Updated 15 January 2015 under Ask Us.

Deciding to take the birth control pill is a very personal choice. For some, the Pill may also help in to make periods lighter, shorter, or more regular. It can […]

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