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Birth control pills come in packs. There are several ways you can start taking your first pack of pills. Talk with your doctor about when to start taking your pills.
The most common type of pack has 3 weeks of hormone pills. Some packs have sugar pills for the fourth week. During that fourth no-hormone week, you have your menstrual period. After the fourth week (28 days), you start a new pack.
Some birth control pills are packaged so that you take hormone pills continuously for a period of time. With pills packaged in this way, you may not have a monthly period or you may only have a period every couple of months.
Take your birth control pills every day, at about the same time of day. To help yourself remember to take your pills and prevent pregnancy, try these easy tricks.
Link up your "pill time" with something you do every day, like brushing your teeth, eating a meal, or going to bed.
Mark the days when you will start new packs. You might even want to cross off each day you take your pill.
Each morning, check your pack to be sure you took yesterday's pill. If you find you've missed one, take it right away.
Current as of:
November 22, 2021
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: Sarah Marshall MD - Family MedicineAdam Husney MD - Family MedicineKathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
Current as of: November 22, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Sarah Marshall MD - Family Medicine & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
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