A 28-year-old female asked:
i forgot to take a birth control pill lastnight. today i got my period (2weeks early) i still doubled up tonight. is this ok?
1 doctor answer • 1 doctor weighed in
Obstetrics and Gynecology 17 years experience
It's okay.: The earlier bleed might also be due to the missed pill, so hopefully doubling up tonight will add back some estrogen to stabilize the bleeding. If it continues to bleed for more than usual, give your doctor a call. He or she may want you to take your birth control pill twice daily until bleeding stops. Good luck.
Bonner Springs, KS
A 31-year-old female asked:
I'm taking a birth control pill and haven't missed a pill. I've started my period a week early. What's going on?
1 doctor answer • 2 doctors weighed in
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 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.
Last updated Mar 4, 2013
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