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A 30-year-old female asked:

If periods start 5 day early on pill then am i still protected from pregnancy. sex after end of period but only 2 activ pills of next pack?

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 24 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 self corrects over time. If you are not satisfied or it continues to happen then consider using a different birth control method. It is a common side effect and does not mean something is wrong or that the pill is not working.
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Dr. Scott Richard
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Keep taking the pill: When women have been on OCP for several years it is not unusual to have irregular bleeding, early periods, or even a skipped cycle. As long as you have taken your pills every day, at the same time, your expected failure rate would be around 3%. Therefore you should be protected, as long as your were regularly taking the pills.
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Last updated Oct 31, 2016


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