Do I have to wait until my next period to start birth control?

Question: Hello, I was wondering if I have to wait till I start my period next period to start my birth control.

Answer: You do not have to necessarily wait until your next period to start a hormonal birth control, but you will not be immediately protected from pregnancy. You have a few different options: (These options are for birth control pills)

Sunday Start- Take your first pill on the first Sunday during your period. Use a back-up method (Condoms) for 7 days.

First-day Start- Take your first pill on the first day of your next period.

Quick Start- Take your first pill while you are in our office (or that day at home). A back up birth control (condoms) should be used for 7 days. You will not get your period until you finish taking the active pills.

I’m not sure what type of birth control you are using (pills, NuvaRing, patch, etc) but if you have any questions please call Family Planning at 440-352-0608

 

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