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Is it normal to have spotting the days before your period starts if you are on birth control pills

A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mary Margaret ONeill
Gynecology 36 years experience
BTB: Did you miss any pills or take them late? Have you been on other medicines, especially antibiotics? Have you been sick, nausea or diarrhea? Do you hav... Read More

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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Yvette Kratzberg
Pediatrics 24 years experience
Irregular periods following discontinuation of hormonal birth control is very common. It reflects your body's efforts to recalibrate hormones back to ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Harold Fields
Family Medicine 61 years experience
Sex: Any time you have unprotected sex there is à possibility of pregnancy. Do a home pregnancy test
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
Breakthrough bleed: Breakthrough bleeding (bleeding at the wrong time) is very common on birth control. It happens in about 1/3 of users. Its no big deal and usually sel... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Moshe Dekel
Gynecology 47 years experience
No: This is a direct result of not following the instructions of how to take the pill. Not only to are taking a chance of getting pregnant, abut also, "me... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Henry Jacobs
Obstetrics and Gynecology 66 years experience
Breakthrough: Could be simple breakthrough incomplete sloughing of period do home pregnancy test and if negative observe 2 more cycles.
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
Not likely: Iud's are one of the most effective forms of birth control. Irregular or absent periods are an expected side effect. Failure rates are 1%. Anytime you... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Nguyen
Obstetrics and Gynecology 11 years experience
Normal withdrawal: Skipping the placebo and taking the placebo has the same effect of depriving your body of daily hormones, which will destabilize the uterine lining an... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Berryman
Obstetrics and Gynecology 54 years experience
"missed bcp" ?'s: Missing even two active pills in the middle of a cycle or oral BCP's will result in withdrawal bleeding, as estrogen fluctuations will cause this as l... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carol Peters-tanksley
Obstetrics and Gynecology 35 years experience
Quite common: Some irregular spotting is quite common when starting the birth control pills. Hopefully this will not happen all the time. It's not dangerous in any ... Read More

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