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A 22-year-old female asked:

Ive been on a combination birth control pill for 5 years. i missed one pill and ive been spotting for about a week since. should i stop taking active pills so i can have my period, or keep taking the pills?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Christine Hom
Pediatrics 31 years experience
Keep taking your pills as directed, and be sure to use a backup contraceptive method for the rest of the month, until after your withdrawal bleed during the placeholder pills.
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