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birth control pills..?


so. i got my period in grade 8 and im now in grade 11.
i wouldn't say that it has a normal cycle but i can kinda predict when it is coming (within 4 days at least) but my average time that it lasts is 6 days. usually 7 though. It seems awfully long compared to some people who i have talked to and they only get it for 3 days. I heard that birth control pills can steady your flow and keep it to a norm. Also it can clear up your face. Plus it is effictive for not getting pregnant. I am not sexually active yet but i would like to be eventually. I want to talk to my mom about getting on the pill but i don't want her to assume that i am sexually active. Plus, i am always busy so i would really have to make an effort to take it at the same time everyday. Do you think the pill is right for me?
Nov 11, 2008 @ 10:49 am

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I guess it would depend on the pill. I don't know if it can actually reduce the days, although there are tricks with the pill to ensure you don't have a cycle at all (which I am not convinced is entirely healthy). It is completely normal to have a period last 7 days. When I was younger they lasted 5 days, but as I get older I find they last longer. Three days to me sounds weird! I would talk to your family doctor and see what he/she recommends. And yes, talk to your mother - mothers are chalk full of good ideas sometimes! My own put her daughters on the pill because it reduced the flow and the cramping.

The type of pill and the strength administered is dependent on what you are using it for. If you are not sexually active yet a lower dosage may be what is given to you, but if you decide to become active after that a talk with your doctor again will be needed.

There are other alternatives to the pill these days - the patch, injections etc. I was loose with mine in high school because I was not active, so it didn't matter if I took it hours later or missed a day. If you have a bedtime ritual do it then, or take it with lunch - anything that is a norm for your day, irregardless of schedule. I am sure your doctor will have ideas as well.

Talk to your mom and doctor! Good Luck!

Nov 11, 2008 @ 11:46 am

3 days?

yup...to me 3days is more uncommon than having a period of seven days.i have a friend who gets hers for 2 days...i guess everyone is different,but i get mine for 6 to seven days too. im on the pill to regulate my period,never knew when it would come,so there are lower doses in there. i would suggest you talk to your doctor...he/she will know you best.sometimes they need to take blood pressure and history before putting you on a pill.you shouldn't worry too much though...you sound quite fine to me
Nov 11, 2008 @ 01:43 pm


....it depends on the pill and it depends on you. Some pills can lighten periods making them shorter or less heavy but it really varies from person to person. For the pill to be effective you should be follow the instructions on the packet or your doctors instructions. Personally I used to set an alarm on my cell phone to remind me to take it at the same time every day...that way, no matter where I was or what i was doing, I remembered to take it.
Nov 11, 2008 @ 03:40 pm

The Patch

My sister-in-law swears by the patch. I probably forgot to take my Pill more often than I remembered! For forgetful ladies, the patch is a great alternative although it is a little more expensive I hear.

Re: period. Mine was a solid week from Day One until I started having children. Now it's more like 4 days - but some of my friends have had the opposite experience. You are at an age where your hormones are still fluctuating quite a bit, so it's hard to say what it'll be like in 4 or 5 years.

Re: talking to your mom.... Tough one. But if you have a reasonably close relationship with her, she probably already knows that you're not sexually active. Explain to her your reasons, and be prepared for the inevitable questions about your intentions. There really is no one way to do this right, and only you know how your mom might react. Still, now I'm a mom myself (and have had the "growing into a woman" talk with my daughter) I find that I'd much prefer knowing what's going on. I'd rather hear something that concerns me from her, rather than getting a rude awakening later on.

Bottom line is, though, that only a doctor can tell you what types of hormonal birth control are best for you based on your health history, etc.
Nov 11, 2008 @ 06:50 pm
Ali de Bold

Talk to the Doctor

Different pills have different hormone levels and some pills are better than others. Definitely get your Doctor to help you with this. I tried 3 different pills before I found the one that worked best for me. (I liked Alesse). The pill can definitely shorten your periods.

And btw, your Mom will be so pleased that you have the good sense to think about these things and take proactive steps to protect yourself! And Kudos to you for having waited so far. Personally, I think the longer you hold off the better. Better to be with someone you really love than someone you hardly know.
Nov 12, 2008 @ 11:09 am

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