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I was given a prescription by my OBGYN for Ortho Tricyclin. She said to start this Sunday, but the instructions say the Sunday after AF starts. This will be the SECOND Sunday. Should I start at the beginning, or one week in, since it's a week after I should have started? I'm so confused! Thanks
For Ortho Tri-Cyclen, the first tablet in the pack is the first active tablet and the last 7 tablets are the inactive tablets (when your period comes). The Sunday start method is meant to allow women to have no period on the weekend and it's an easy day to remember to start the new pack (though it seems to me that whichever day you decide is the day to start would be just as easy a day to remember). If you want your period to fall on particular days during the week, then just look at the pack and make sure that the inactive pills fall at the right time. If you don't care when your period comes and don't care which day is your start day, then you can just start the first active tablet on the first day your period stops. If you want the Sunday start, then start the pack on the first Sunday that comes after the last day of your period, even if it's a week later. ShawnaCAN is right, though. No matter when you start the pack, even in the middle of your period, your cycle will match the pack after a month or two.
I started my pills the first Sunday following the start of my period (even though I ws still bleeding)...it ust made it easier for me to have a Sunday stary every week, every pack, rather than have to mess with those silly stickers for when you choose to start.