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Contraception query

I have recently come off the combined pill (mycrogynom - Feb). I have not had a period since, how long will it be until I have my period/can go back on the pill or get the implant as a form of contraception?

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The answer

Some women will have a period 2 to 4 weeks after stopping the pill but it is not uncommon for it to take a couple of months or so for your periods to return. Occasionally it can take longer than this, particularly in women who have suffered with a long menstrual cycle or lack of periods before starting the pill. General health, weight, exercise and certain conditions e.g polycystic ovaries can also play a part.

Your periods can be irregular once they do start again and on average it takes about 3 months for your natural cycle to return. Your first bleed after stopping the pill is known as the “withdrawal bleed” and the period after this is classed as a natural bleed.

Before starting a new contraceptive it is important that you inform the prescriber of the current situation with your periods and the reason for stopping the Microgynon 30. If your GP is in agreement, it is possible to start another pill or have an implant inserted at the stage you are at now, as long as pregnancy can be ruled out. If there is any chance at all that you could be pregnant it would be wise to take a pregnancy test at this stage.

If you do start another pill or have an implant inserted before having a period, you will need to wait 7 days before being able to rely on these as a method of contraception.

Answered by the Health at Hand nurses

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