How soon do birth control pills work?

Answer The combination birth control pill, which contains both estrogen and progestin, begins working immediately if you take it within five days after your period starts. If you begin using it at any oth... Read More »

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Do birth control pills work immediately?

Birth control pills are immediately effective only when started within six days after the beginning of a period. Otherwise, the birth control pill will begin to take effect after a single month (af... Read More »

When do birth control pills start to work?

Birth control pills do not protect against pregnancy for the first full month after use is started. It is recommended to use alternate contraception during the first month of pills as the body adju... Read More »

What percentage of the time do birth control pills work?

According to the Feminist Women's Health Center, oral contraception is effective 92-99.7 percent of the time. Oral contraception is only effective for preventing pregnancy and does not protect agai... Read More »

Differences in Birth Control Pills & Pills for Menopause?

Both birth control pills and pills for menopause, more commonly called hormone replacement therapy (HRT), contain progesterone and/or estrogen. The difference lies in the amount and type of hormone... Read More »