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A 35-year-old female asked:

I got off a week of my birth control pills and ended up skipping the placebo pills. i had a period and now i'm having light spotting. is this normal?

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Dr. Brian Nguyen
Obstetrics and Gynecology 12 years experience
Normal withdrawal: Skipping the placebo and taking the placebo has the same effect of depriving your body of daily hormones, which will destabilize the uterine lining and cause a period. Start your pills again if you want to avoid pregnancy and avoid unprotected sex for one week. Your symptoms are normal and it is unlikely for you to be pregnant. Hope that helps.
Last updated May 4, 2015


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