Some birth control pills can lighten blood flow during periods, and possibly reduce PMS symptoms and acne. They can also offer protection against some nasty health problems, like endometrial and ovarian cancer, iron deficiency anemia, ovarian cysts, and pelvic inflammatory disease.
Birth control pill
Yes, you can. Whether you want to skip the occasional period for a special occasion or you want to stop your periods for a more extended length time, it’s safe and possible to use the pill to control your bleeding.
The pill’s effectiveness depends on how consistently someone takes it. When used perfectly, the pill is more than 99% effective. But most of us aren’t perfect, so the pill’s effectiveness tends to be closer to 91%.
In other words:
Of those women who use the pill exactly as directed, fewer than 1 in 100 will experience an accidental pregnancy during the first year of using this method.
Of those women who do not use the pill exactly as directed, about 9 in 100 will experience an accidental pregnancy during the first year of using this method.
If you’ve decided you want to use pills, the “best time” is whenever you want. How about immediately? As soon as you get the prescription—and you are sure you’re not pregnant—you can start. You don’t have to wait til Sunday and you don’t have to wait til your next period. Just use a back-up method for the first 7 days. That’s all there is to it.