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A 36-year-old female asked:

I was on vacation for a week and i left my new pack of birth control pills. i finished all the placebos. so i missed days 1-8. i have not started the new pack. now i have some bleeding. is this normal? is this my period or just breakthrough bleeding? shou

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Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics & Gynecology 46 years experience
Need backup: After missing more than 1 pill, and especially missing at the beginning of a pack, you shouldn't rely on the pill for birth control for at least 7 days (use condoms for 7 days for backup). Bleeding after missing pills is not unusual.
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Last updated Jan 31, 2015

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