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Old 11-09-2007, 10:13 AM   #1
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When to start Apri

My daughter was prescribed Apri on November 2. She had never been on any form of BC pill and she is 17. Her period isn't due until November 17th'ish. I asked her doctor when she should start her pills and she said, "it is ok for her to start them whenever she feels like it". "It would probably be best if she start them on a Sunday though" and so I said, "like this sunday?" And she said, "yes".

Now, I am concerned how this will impact her cycle since she isn't due for her period until Nov 17th. What do we do with the pills when she starts her period or will it even start since she will still be on the hormone pill instead of the placebo? Any advice is greatly appreciated.

Also, the doctor gave her a choice of taking Yaz or the Depo shot. she chose the Apri. Anyone have any feelings one way or the other about the other two forms?

One final thought... she has only been on the pill now for about 5 days and she is experiencing moodiness, grumpiness. do you know if there is anything that can aleive these types of side effects?

thanks for your help.


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Old 11-09-2007, 03:10 PM   #2
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Re: When to start Apri

those side effects sound pretty typical, Every time I start a new pill I'm a psycho, it usually goes away after a month. Your suposed to start birthcontrol pills on either the first day of your period or the first sunday after your period. The sunday thing is to avoid having a period on the weekend, it actally makes me have my period on the weekend but thats just me. Its ok that she started them already though. She just is more likely to have break through bleeding or spotting. This is because she may have already ovoulated, in which case she will have her period when she was due for it because the body needs to dicard the egg she released. But this is all speculation because I have no idea if she ovoulated. She'll be fine just have her continue taking her pill every day even if she is bleeding and things will sort out next cycle. As for the other options I personally wont use the Depo shot because it reduces bone density which is a risk I wont take just for the three months of convienence. I've never been on yaz I just started Yasmin(a very similar pill)and so far so good. Apri was my first pill, I stopped it because it didn't help my acne but other than that I didn't have any other side effects.

Old 11-09-2007, 07:42 PM   #3
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Re: When to start Apri

Ditto Elle. When I began bc and then switched brands after 2 years, each time I was overly emotional and a downright you-know-what. I adjusted typically after the first week, but the pill can take up the 3 months for your body to adjust. If it's too much for her, though, talk to her doc and see if it's the right option for her.

Personally I would NEVER use the Depo shot. That is a HUGE amount of hormones going into your body. Depo almost always causes weight gain and can take up to a year for it to get out of your body once you stop taking it.

I was on Apri for 2 years before I switched. I liked the pill and had no problems with it except for increased hunger/cravings which made me gain weight. I switched to Yaz and so far (except for this annoying breakthrough bleeding which just recently happened) it's been a great pill. Either pill is a good option in my opinion, but I would definitely avoid the Depo shot.

Old 11-09-2007, 08:09 PM   #4
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Re: When to start Apri

Thanks a lot for answering, I appreciate it so much. I will keep my eye on her moods and see how things go. I will probably consult her doctor to make sure that all's ok.

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