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Hi, I'm a Spanish girl and I have 25 years and polycystic ovaries, two weeks ago to stop taking the pills Yaz started because not regulate my period and retention gave me, today my doctor gives me pills for the change and I Loette told me to wait until my next period down, but my problem is that my polycystic ovaries suffer much pain all month, I'm taking almost 2 kg a week for water retention, I have a lot of anxiety daily and I can not concentrate penalties to study by anxiety and could take a long time to get off my next period because without pills was up to 3 months without my period and I do not hold as much time with these pains, and so I wanted to know if it is bad to begin today to take my Loette pills to see if I control all my symptoms again and regulo me a bit. I hope some answer and thanks for everything.

Dear Patricia,

Thank you for your message. You say you stopped taking birth control pills for a while and now want to start a new one. Your doctor told you to wait until your next period comes but you are wondering if you can start it now to alleviate symptoms of PCOS.

Yes, you can start the pill at any time you want so doing it now is okay.

You must keep in mind that for it to work to protect against pregnancy you have to have taken it for 7 days. So you will need to use condoms for the first 7 days of this pack, but after day 8 you will be protected from pregnancy.

Good luck,

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I can answer questions about how to choose which method of contraception is right for you, how to deal with mistakes, effectiveness, and emergency contraception. I also have training in HIV, STIs, and sexual health education. I cannot tell you what is the right choice, but I can tell you the pros and cons of each method to help you make an informed decision for your circumstances. If you have had a condom break or had unprotected sex and need emergency contraception please call you local Planned Parenthood or check out


I have been working in the field of sexual health for a decade with specific training in contraception, STIs, HIV, and sexual problems. I have worked in several Planned Parenthood-affiliated charities, telephone helplines, research, education, and currently work for a local health authority evaluating HIV programs in the city.

Macbeth, A., Weerakoon, P., Sitharthan, G. (2009). Australian Parentsí Opinions about School-based Sexual Health Education. Sexual Health. 6, 328-333. I write a weekly advice column for Morning Quickie website which can be found here:

I have a Masters in Applied Science (Sexual Health) where I did research on sex education in schools and at home with parents and young people, as well as many counselling skills courses.

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I have worked extensively with young people under 25, people living with or affected by HIV, and parents.

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