Question: I came in to get started on birth control about a month ago. I received the pills and was instructed to start them that day (Monday June 13). My last period was May 27-31. I have gone through my first package of birth control pills but my period still hasn’t come. Is this normal? should I be worried? I’ve heard u are supposed to start the pill the Sunday after ur period ends but i was instructed to start 2 weeks after, could that alter my period cycle?
Answer: Regardless of where you are in your menstrual cycle, medical providers often recommend immediate start of birth control if you received a negative pregnancy test during your office visit. If you have been taking your birth control pills correctly, the same time every day and have not missed a pill, it is very unlikely you are pregnant. It is common for women who start a birth control method to experience irregular periods during the first three months of any new birth control. Low-dose birth control pills and stress can also cause your period to be delayed.
Question: The birth control I’ve been taking (LoSeasonique) has been breaking me out pretty badly. Does Family Planning have a birth control option that’s specifically for helping acne?
Answer: Many oral contraceptive pills can help with managing acne. We would suggest talking to the physician that prescribed the medication to you about your concerns and consider changing the dosage or the brand to one that will meet your needs – including the skin concerns. If this does not help, the next step would be to contact a dermatologist who may be able to make better recommendations. If you would like to come to Family Planning to talk about switching your birth control brand/ method, please call 440-352-0608 for Painesville, or 440-992-5953 for Ashtabula to make an appointment and answer some questions!