The Best Day To Start Birth Control Pills






There are many different ways to start birth control, and it really depends how soon you want to start taking them. I always tell my patients about the different ways to start birth control and explain the reasoning behind starting a certain day.

Below lists the different methods of starting birth control:




Sunday start

This means you start your birth control on Sunday. This must be the oldest piece of advice out there, I remember being told this ten years ago. The only good thing about starting your birth control on Sunday is that you likely will not have a withdrawal bleed during the weekend. That’s literally the only benefit and reason. If you are sexually active, you need to take a pregnancy test before starting the birth control and you need to use backup birth control (aka condoms) for at least 7 days along with the birth control pills.



Quick start

This means starting as soon as you pick up your birth control pills. If you are sexually active you should definitely do a pregnancy test first to be sure you are not pregnant, as taking birth control when you are pregnant could be dangerous to the growing fetus. It is also important to use backup birth control for at least 7 days when starting the birth control pills.



Day 1 of your cycle

This means you start the pill pack on the first day of your period. This method is the easiest in that you do not have to take a pregnancy test to start, and you do not need to use backup birth control. 



Main take aways…

There really is no right or wrong way to start birth control. If you want to start right away you can, if you don’t want to get your period on the weekend then you time it that way, and if you don’t want to use backup birth control or take a pregnancy test then it is best to start on the first day of your period.



About the author: Sarah-Kate Rems is an Ivy-league trained Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner licensed in California with an expertise in women’s health and preventative healthcare. She considers nutrition and exercise to be the basis of well-being and is a strong advocate for daily physical activity and maintaining a healthy diet. Sarah-Kate is also a co-founder of The Mindful Tech Lab

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