Can You Start Your Pill At Any Time?
The question of whether or not you can start the pill at any time is one that many women are asking themselves. Many times when they hear that they think “well maybe” but then there are those who say “I don’t want to bother with all the hassle”. Well, let me tell you why you shouldn’t worry about this issue!
Why You Shouldn’t Worry About Starting The Pill At Any Time?
There are several reasons why you shouldn’t worry about starting the pill at any time:
1) If you’re already taking birth control pills, chances are you’ve been using them for years without ever having any problems.
So if anything, your body is probably used to taking these types of hormones.
2) Even if you haven’t taken birth control pills, you still may not be able to take them because of medical conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, etc.
These things can cause your body to produce too much estrogen which could make it difficult for you to get pregnant. (If this is the case for you, then don’t even consider starting the pill! This is definitely not the form of birth control for you.)
3) If you have a medical condition and your doctor says you can’t start the pill, it’s really no big deal.
You can still use other forms of birth control such as fertility awareness, condoms or get sterilized!
Getting sterilized is not something to be taken lightly, but if you’re absolutely certain that you don’t want any (or more) children then this is certainly a good option for you.
4) The pill is very effective so you don’t have to worry about using it “correctly”.
Many women get worried about forgetting to take their birth control or not taking it at all. Given that the pill has several side effects, many women simply forget to take it altogether due to the fact that it makes them feel nauseous or gives them headaches.
5) There are many hormonal birth controls to choose from so finding one that best works for you shouldn’t be difficult.
You can choose a combination pill, mini-pill, contraceptive patch, contraceptive ring or vaginal implant. You can even get a long-acting reversible contraceptive (LARC) which can be an intrauterine device (IUD) or a hormonal implant.
The Bottom Line On Starting Your Birth Control Any Time You Want
As you can see, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t start the pill whenever you want. If you’re comfortable with it then that’s all that really matters and if you are still concerned about starting it on any specific day then talk to your doctor about it. They should be able to clear up any issues you may have.
What If I’m Already Pregnant?
If you’re already pregnant then you probably shouldn’t be using any form of birth control. Talk to your doctor if you think that you may be expecting because they will put you on a different type of pill to help induce an abortion.
Of course, if you aren’t ready for a child then they can help with that as well. They will be able to give you a pill which will cause an abortion or they may suggest surgery. Again, this is a big decision so don’t do anything you’re going to regret.
Where Can I Get It?
You can get the pill from any doctor or healthcare clinic. You will have to get a prescription so make an appointment and talk to your doctor about the type of birth control that is best for you and go from there.
It’s always a good idea to ask your friends and family members if they can recommend anyone. Word of mouth is often the best way to find a doctor or any other type of specialist since people you trust are more likely to vouch for someone who is competent rather than someone who isn’t.
If you do get a recommendation, then make an appointment and go in for an initial consultation. They will ask you many of the same questions your family doctor would and probably go over your medical history.
Once they have all the information they need, they can then make a suggestion on what type of pill is best for you. And with that, you can start your birth control whenever you want!
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