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Birth control pills come in packs. The most common type 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.
There are several ways you can start taking your first pack of
pills. Talk with your doctor about when to start taking your pills:
Take your hormone pills every day, at about the same time of day.
To stay on track and prevent pregnancy, try these easy tricks:1
Nelson A (2007). Combined oral
contraceptives. In RA Hatcher et al., eds., Contraceptive Technology, 19th ed., pp. 193–270. New York:
Current as of:
June 4, 2014
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine & Femi Olatunbosun, MB, FRCSC - Obstetrics and Gynecology
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