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OCP. When should they be started? Is it on the days of intercourse? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 30-May-2013
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User:ohhh vow,,,,,nice to find the good doctor again :)
User:Thanks for arranging for the call,,,,,i did not know that the chat got disconnected
User:below is what i had typed:
User:: the menstruation happens once every month : her next date will be in the first week of next month : so when should she start having the OCPs,,,and how frequently and how long : Is it enough to have them only on the days of intercourse? : will her menstruations cycle happen as ussual in the same frequency?
Doctor:OCP's are generally started on the 1st day of the cycle
Doctor:The first day of the cycle is the day she gets her period
Doctor:She needs to have one tablet per day
Doctor:The pack consists of 28 pills
Doctor:So for 3 weeks, she takes tablets containing hormones
Doctor:After that she takes pills contains iron and other vitamin supplements
Doctor:Generally, her cycles will continue as usual
Doctor:However, I would suggest that she a gynaecologist because an examination needs to be done before OCPs can be prescribed
Doctor:How old is your wife?
Doctor:She will have to take 1 tablet everyday irrespective of whether she is having intercourse on that day or not
User:she'll be 25 in Ausgust
Doctor:Then age is not a barrier
Doctor:She needs to take them as long as she doesnt want to get pregnant
Doctor:Do you follow?
User:yes i get it
Doctor:Is there any other concern I can address?
User:from when will she start to feel that she's putting on weight?
Doctor:Only some women put on weight with OCPs
Doctor:Mostly it is due to water retention
Doctor:If she has plenty of water and has less salt, the weight gain can be potentially prevented
Doctor:So while there is no time frame when she would start putting on weight, it is not necessary that she does put on weight
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