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I'm on my first month of the injection for birth control and my period is late, should i be worried?

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Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics and Gynecology 44 years experience
Don't worry--common: Irregular, unpredictable bleeding is very common with the shot. Almost everyone has irregular bleeding in the first 3-6 months. At the end of one year, approximately 50% of women who started the shot are no longer having any bleeding--a plus for most women. Be sure you get your shot on time and don't get it late.

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A 21-year-old female asked:

Can stopping birth control cause my period to be late?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Do pregnancy test: If you had sex since your last period and missed your period by 4-5 days, do a home pregnancy test. If the result is negative repeat the test 4-5 days later unless you get a period by then. Use first morning urine and follow the instructions for the test carefully. If you do not wish to be pregnant, use contraception all the time, every time. You may consider implanted contraceptive, or IUD. Practice safe sex if you have sex.

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