Birth Control Pill

Birth control pills are hormonal tablets used to prevent pregnancy. It is taken orally and is 99.9% effective. They are commercially available in two forms, combination pills that contain two hormones, and mini-pills which only contain progestin.

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Are there ways to delay my periods by seven days since I am going on a vacation?

Query: Hello doctor, I am going on a holiday in a couple of months, and my period is due in the last week of the holiday. Is there any way I can delay my period by seven days? Thanks.  Read Full »

Dr. R Balakrishnan Menon

Answer: Hi, Welcome to How are you doing? You can delay your periods using the birth control pills. I suggest taking any of the oral combined contraceptive pills or birth control pills or a packet of 21 pills. Take one tablet at night from the first day of the periods. After 21 pills are over...  Read Full »

An i-pill was taken after an unprotected sex. Can she still get pregnant?

Query: Hello doctor, I had unprotected sex with my girlfriend who is 30 years old and I ejaculated inside her. The next day she took Unwanted 72 but until now she has not got her periods and not even bleeding. Her period cycle starts after 20 days. She is having cough, cold, body ache, and vomiting. Is she...  Read Full »

Dr. Richa Agarwal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through your history and understand your concerns. As you had the i-pill, the chances of pregnancy are not there in your case. Delayed menses are due to the hormonal imbalance caused by the i-pill. I suggest you get your home urine pregnancy tes...  Read Full »

Is it normal to bleed very little on pill-free days when on birth control pills?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 28 year old female, and I am on birth control pills (Femilon) for the past three months. In the first month, bleeding started on the third pill-free day, and that time I bled on the first and second day. The bleeding was less, and I used only one pad that was not filled. From the...  Read Full »

Dr. Sanjay Kumar Bhattacharyya

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It is very common to have less bleeding during the use of birth control pills. Just continue the pills, and there is no such long-term health risk. It is also healthier as it helps to prevent anemia.For further queries consult an obstetrician and gynaecologist online --&g...  Read Full »

Why is my period delayed after stopping the birth control pill for a month?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 19 year old female, who weighs around 120 lbs, and I am 5.4 feet tall. I stopped using birth control around a month ago after being on it for about a year. This would have been the time I would get my period if I were still on it, but I am a week late. I have been having symptoms ...  Read Full »

Dr. Neha Singh Rathod

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Since you have stopped your contraceptive pill, there could be hormonal changes due to which you are not getting your periods. Also, get your complete blood count and thyroid profile done. Avoid having sex till then. There is nothing to worry about, but better to get ch...  Read Full »

I have brown discharge with vaginal itching and burning sensation. Kindly help.

Query: Hi doctor,I have brown discharge with vaginal itching and burning sensation. I am taking birth control pills to regulate my period. Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Manwani Saloni Dilip

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Do you have only brown discharge, or do you have curdy white discharge also? It seems like you have candidal vaginitis. I suggest getting a smear test for confirmation. Vaginal itching goes more in favor of infection. If it is only a brown discharge, it could be spotti...  Read Full »

Is it normal to have lighter periods after stopping the pill?

Query: Hello doctor, Before every period, I get a light brown discharge with brown cervical mucus for three to four days. After that, the bleeding starts, and then again, there is a brown discharge for two days. When bleeding starts, I use only one pad a day and, even that does not get full. I was on pill...  Read Full »

Dr. Sujata Mittal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You have to understand that these are hormonal medicines meant for contraception with many side effects.They disturb the hypothalamus, pituitary, and ovarian axis and suppress your periods totally by reducing the endometrial thickness. Now, your cycles are trying...  Read Full »

Why am I bleeding continuously for three weeks after missing a dose of a birth control pill?

Query: Hello doctor, I was prescribed a birth control pill to stop an ovarian cyst about two months ago. I have been taking the pill regularly, but I missed a day. I have been sexually active. I have now been bleeding for three weeks without a stop. My doctor told me to stop taking the pill until the blee...  Read Full »

Dr. R Balakrishnan Menon

Answer: Hello, Welcome to How are you doing? Please do not get stressed out. You are fine. All this while, you have been trying to control the symptoms of the cyst, when the real cause of this cyst, which is anovulation is still present. Let me explain. You are not pregnant. I say this becau...  Read Full »

I had sex again after I-pill. Should I take another one?

Query: Hello doctor, I had unsafe sex yesterday and took I-pill in half an hour to avoid pregnancy. Today, I had sex again. Should I take another pill?  Read Full »

Dr. Sameer Kumar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to No, you need not take another pill. It works within 72 hours of sex. Hence, your second sexual act is also covered. Wait for the bleeding to start. Avoid further sex till bleeding occurs. Suppose you have intercourse, use barrier contraception like condom and not anot...  Read Full »

Took unwanted 72 after having an unprotected sex. Will I be pregnant?

Query: Dear Doctor, I had unprotected sex. She took unwanted 72 within 12 hours. Will she be pregnant? In case she becomes pregnant, suggest any options other than abortion.  Read Full »

Dr. Gowrimeena

Answer: Hi, Thanks for posting your query at icliniq. You have taken emergency contraception as advised. That is very good. 99% of the times this will work well, but her menstrual period may be delayed. At this point you do not have to do anything. If the periods are delayed more than a week then you ha...  Read Full »

Will harmoni-f pill prevent pregnancy after having an unprotected sex?

Query: Dear Doctor, Will harmoni-f pill prevent pregnancy if taken continuously before and after having an unprotected sex?  Read Full »

Dr. Gowrimeena

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Harmoni-F is a contraceptive or birth control pill that needs to be taken daily to give the desired contraceptive effect. It is not an emergency pill as you have been thinking.  Please use additional protection to avoid unplanned pregnancies. If you have any further que...  Read Full »

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