Starting The Pill

hi it's dr. Lewis again and I want to do

this video on how to start the pill

because I know that sometimes people

forget what I say in the office and this

will help you remember what day to start

the pill first of all remember that a

lot of pills come on just a piece of

cardboard and it looks something like

this I put a made a big one for you and

this this pack of pills has three weeks

of active pills plus three more days and

in the last week and then four weeks

four days of duds or just your sugar

pills and older birth control pills they

come with three weeks of active pills

and then one week of sugar pills and I

call them your duds extremely old pills

can come with three weeks on and no duds

on the bottom so remember why do I think

it's good to be on the pill number one

you can control when you have your

period you can even decide if you want

to have a period so that's really the

coolest thing about the pill and it's

totally healthy not to have a period

when you are on the pill secondly it

lowers your risk for certain cancers

it'll lower your risk for cancer the

lining of the uterus it lowers your risk

for colon cancer and the longer you're

on it it lowers your risk for ovarian

cancer one year is good and five years

is better to lower your risk of ovarian

cancer by half so that's another really

good thing okay so let's start on how to

take the pill there's two ways to start

one is to wait until the first day of

your period and that's the first thing

that you start bleeding is the first day

of your period and start the pill that

day the second way to start the pill is

you wait for the Sunday after you start

bleeding so if you started bleeding on

Wednesday that coming Sunday you start

taking the pill if you start bleeding on

Saturday then the next day you start

taking the pill if you start bleeding on

Sunday then

you start taking the pill so let's say

we use this pack and you want to do the

easiest way which is to start taking the

pill on the first day of your period and

you started your period on Wednesday

well all the pill packs come with these

stickers on the days of the week but the

different day for each week each a

different strip for each day of the week

and you just stick it on if you start

your period on Wednesday that's the day

you start taking the pill and just take

a pill a day like nothing's happening

let's say you get down here

and you start bleeding again you

thinking whoa that's not right you still

take a pill a day like nothing's

happening go down to the next week and

start taking the sugar pills well let's

say you start taking the sugar pills and

nothing comes out don't even think about

it just open the next pack and start the

next Wednesday on your next pack and

eventually you'll get unto the schedule

of having your period down when you're

having your sugar pills so that's why a

lot of people want us to do a Sunday

start the Sunday start is really popular

so that you won't have periods on the

weekends so what you do is you start

your put your the birth control pill you

put the strip on so the Sunday is on the

first day and the Sunday after your

first day of bleeding is when you start

taking the pill not the last day the

first day of your period you'd start the

Sunday after so if you started on

Saturday then the next day start taking

the pill same thing if you start on

Wednesday then you can wait for the

coming up Sunday if you start on

Saturday I mean on Friday you wait till

that Sunday coming up and then you just

start taking the pill and hopefully

you'll have the periods like Tuesday

through Friday maybe is when you should

start having your period and should be

done at least by that weekend so that is

how you start the pill

so the last thing I want to remind

everybody are the are the top 4

questions that we get about taking the

pill number one what do I do if I don't

have a period when I'm supposed to have

when I'm taking my sugar pills the

answer just go right into your next pack

I didn't have a period for 25 years and

I took my sugar pills nothing came out

and I started my next pack so you would

just see a lucky duck if that happen

the second question number two what if I

start bleeding in the middle of a pack

if it's especially when you first take

the pill you can bleed in the middle of

pack until your body regulates to the

pill cycle so if you start bleeding in

the middle of pack you just take a pill

a day like nothing's happening going to

the last week whether or not you have a

period you just start the next pack

don't go by your periods just go by the

pack once you start the pack the third

thing is what if I'm not feeling that

great starting starting the pill like I

don't really like how I feel or even

though the birth control pill is

supposed to lower your risk for acne

what have you started breaking out more

well don't stop in the middle of the

pack or you'll screw up your periods for

months so what you have to do is call

ahead and say I don't like this pack can

I try different brand and finish this

pack and then start the new brand on the

pill schedule don't wait for your period

to start the next pack of the new or

brand on that schedule the last thing I

wanted to remind everyone is that you're

only supposed to gain six pounds at the

most if you do gain weight on the pill

and I'll just be honest I weighed myself

all the time when I started the pillow

because I thought I was going to gain

and I might have gained a little bit but

I went back down and I stayed the same

for the rest of my life so six pounds is

what the books say would be the maximum

you can gain from the pill