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A 20-year-old female asked:

I take combined oc pills. few days ago (day 4 of a new pack) i took my pill 9-10 hours too late. i had sex earlier that day. now i'm having vaginal discharge with blood in it for 3 days, which never happened before. is it possible that i'm pregnant?

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Dr. John Berryman
Obstetrics and Gynecology 56 years experience
Oral bcp ?'s: Today's combination oral bcp's are very low dose, and missing the active pill even 9-10 hours "late" may allow breakthrough bleeding. Pregnany is very unlikely based on the information provided : remember, each month, there are placebo pills which have no hormonal content, and your "period" occurs during this time, and pregnancy avoidance is close to 100%.
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