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Warren, OH
A 20-year-old female asked:

I am taking birth control and missed three pills in the third week. because of this i started a new pack. now i am bleeding. is this ok?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 51 years experience
Yes: If you are having a period, that is reassuring that you are not pregnant. 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. Get HPV vaccine.
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Dr. Julan Crane
Pediatrics 27 years experience
Spotting: Yes this is normal when you don't take the pill as prescribed
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A 24-year-old female asked:

Do I have to wait a week each time after taking inactive pills when starting my new pack of birth control?

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Dr. Christina Adberg
Gynecology 28 years experience
Nope!: Once you have started and been on birth control for 2 weeks, you no longer need a back up method no matter where you are in the pack. Birth control pills are 98-99 percent effective if taken properly, at all phases of the cycle, even during the inactive pills. If you wanted to increase the effectiveness (to over 99 percent) you could add condoms.
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