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A 20-year-old female asked:

I have spotting for 1 week after i missed one birth control pill and it hasn't stopped. is it ok if i have protected sex while i'm spotting?

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Dr. Bryan Kurtz
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Yes: Yes, you can have protected sex. The bleeding is from the lining becoming unstable. If you only missed one pill, chances are the contraceptive aspect of the pill is still ok, but using protection is a good idea. Your cycles should return to normal next month.

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Last updated Jun 28, 2014

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