How Long Should You Be On The Pill For?

The pill as a long-term birth control option

Take your birth control pills exactly as prescribed.

Using them for a few months, stopping for a month or two, and then starting to use them again raises your risk for an unplanned pregnancy.

Missing a dose once in a while usually isn’t a problem.

How long can you take birth control continuously?

With this regimen, you take active pills continuously for 84 days — or 12 weeks — followed by one week of inactive pills. Your period occurs during week 13, about once every three months.

Is being on birth control for 10 years bad?

However, this risk goes away when people have been off the pill for 10 or more years. The ACS also report that taking birth control for more than 5 years may increase the risk of cervical cancer. The longer people take the pill, the higher their risk.

What age should you stop taking the pill?

All women can stop using contraception at the age of 55 as getting pregnant naturally after this is very rare. For safety reasons, women are advised to stop the combined pill at 50 and change to a progestogen-only pill or other method of contraception.

Why does it take 7 days for birth control to work?

When taking the first dose later than 5 days after the first day of the cycle, these pills take 2 days to be effective. Combination pills contain two hormones that prevent ovulation. The first pill is taken on the Sunday following a woman’s period. These pills take 7 days to become fully effective.

Is it OK to take birth control pills continuously?

But it’s possible to prevent your period with continuous use of any birth control pill. This means skipping the placebo pills and starting right away on a new pack. Continuous use of your birth control pills works best if you’re taking a monophasic pill — with the same hormone dose in the three weeks of active pills.

Is it healthy to take birth control continuously?

It is safe to take the pill for as many years as you like, either using the regular method, or the continuous method. The side effects from taking the pill continuously are the same as taking the pill in the regular way. Serious side effects are rare, but important to be aware of.

What are the disadvantages of birth control pills?

You may also notice spotting or bleeding between periods (this is more common with progestin-only pills), sore breasts, nausea, or headaches. These side effects usually go away after 2 or 3 months, and they don’t happen to everyone who takes the pill. Birth control shouldn’t make you feel sick or uncomfortable.

What happens when you come off the pill?

This is because the pill contains the hormones that stop the release of an egg (ovulation) each month. The first period after stopping the pill is known as a “withdrawal bleed”. You can get pregnant as soon as you come off the pill, so it’s important to use another form of contraception, such as condoms, straight away.

Does birth control change your body shape?

How the pill changes your body shape. Many women believe that the pill can cause weight gain. Research hasn’t found this – but it has found that it can change body shape (and fat storage) in other surprising ways.