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been on gildess fe 1-20 for six months and the past two monthsmy periods have become very short like 1-2 max, i'm not complaining but is this normal?

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Dr. John cuong Doan
Family Medicine 18 years experience
Likely normal: if you have been on OCP and has not missed a lot of pills. Your body is still adjusting to the hormones being ingested so shorter periods may be followed by longer periods in the next few months. If you have more spotting or missed periods, then take a pregnancy test.

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