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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I've been taking Nortrel 1 35 for birth control for a few months, but ended up not taking it for one month (for June)
Doctor :   ok
User :   I want to start again for this month, but the instructions say to start taking it on the first sunday after your period starts, or on Sunday if it starts then
User :   but I haven't had my period yet, and I shouldve had it by this week
Doctor :   yes, you should start it when you start with your periods.
Doctor :   then I would recommend you to wait for your periods to start
Doctor :   and start with the pack when your periods start
User :   I looked into it, and it seems like after you stop taking the pill, your periods may not become regular for up to three months
User :   Mine were irregular before I started, so I wonder if I wait, would I have to wait that long
Doctor :   yes, it can happen like that , as the hormonal balance gets disrupted
Doctor :   so if in your case hormones have gone astray, then you may not start your periods on the expected date
Doctor :   but may have to wait longer
User :   before I started birth control, I had months without periods
Doctor :   in such a case, follow alternate birth control measures like condoms/spermicide to have protection.
User :   so would that mean i might have to wait a couple of months?
Doctor :   no, not a couple of months, you should get it by next 10 days time
Doctor :   are you following alternate birth control measures in the meantime after stopping on the pills?
User :   yeah, i havent been sexually active after stopping, and I've made sure with a test
Doctor :   if not, then, it would be wise to get a check done if you miss your periods and do not get them even after 10 days of the expected date
Doctor :   so a blood beta HCG test to confirm or rul eout pregnancy is better
User :   Well, my last period was the end of May, when I finished my last active pills
User :   And I havent been active since the beginning of May
Doctor :   as sometimes the urine pregnancy tests show a negative result even though you are pregnant, thi sis called a false negative test.
Doctor :   *this is
User :   So a period can be delayed by 10 days after stopping the pill?
Doctor :   yes it can be delayed upto 10-15 days, and in some cases even upto a month. if you are not sexually active during this time, then you can relax
Doctor :   but if not and have been having unprotected intercourse then chances of pregnancy should be ruled out if periods are delayed
User :   yes, I know I'm not pregnant, and I know my periods were irregular before and they can become irregular again after quitting the pill
User :   If I start it now without having my period, what are the risks?
Doctor :   if you start without having your periods, hormones can go more astray
Doctor :   and the pill may not have its effect in preventing ovulation
Doctor :   and may lead to more side effects
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