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Had breakthrough bleeding on the pill 4 days before dummy pills. I took all pills correctly. Is backup up bc needed? Or am I still protected?

Had breakthrough bleeding on the pill 4 days before dummy pills. I took all pills correctly. Is backup up bc needed? Or am I still protected?

Breakthrough bleed: Breakthrough bleeding (bleeding at the wrong time) is very common on birth control. It happens in about 1/3 of users. Its no big deal and usually self corrects over time. If you are not satisfied or it continues to happen then consider using a different birth control method. It is a common side effect and does not mean something is wrong or that the pill is not working. ...Read more

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What to do about implantation bleeding or breakthrough bleeding (on the pill)?

What to do about implantation bleeding or breakthrough bleeding (on the pill)?

Bleeding: Implantation is when the conceptus (from union of egg & sperm) attach to the wall of the uterus.
Bleeding most often does not occur with implantation. If there is bleeding the amount is small. It may be small rust or brown colored drops or light pink swirled in white d/C. It usually occurs about ten days after ovulation. There is more blood w period. Take a HPT if you miss your period. ...Read more

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Does "breakthrough" bleeding on the pill mean that I need to use an alternative form of birth control this month? First time this has happened!

Does "breakthrough" bleeding on the pill mean that I need to use an alternative form of birth control this month? First time this has happened!

Most likely OK: So long as this is not your first month on the birth control pills and assuming you have been taking them consistently as directed, you should be protected. It is not unusual to have some breakthrough bleeding with pills due to a variety of factors. ...Read more

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Might you get pregnant while missing pills and breakthrough bleeding?

Might you get pregnant while missing pills and breakthrough bleeding?

Yes: If birth control pills are missed, pregnancy protection is not available. Break through bleeding is usually from the drop in hormones when birth control pills are missed. ...Read more

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If I have breakthrough bleeding during the third week of the pill. Can I stop taking the pill for 4 days and start a new pack to stop the bleeding?

If I have breakthrough bleeding during the third week of the pill. Can I stop taking the pill for 4 days and start a new pack to stop the bleeding?

NO: Best way to treat this is with EXTRA pills from a spare supply and contacting your Prescribing Provider for a pill with a slightly higher Estrogen level!
Hope this helps!
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I have just started taking the pill and have had breakthrough bleeding for a week now, is this normal?

I have just started taking the pill and have had breakthrough bleeding for a week now, is this normal?

Yes: Breakthru bleeding on the first package is extremely common. It should improve with the second package and be gone with the third. Do be sure to take them at the same time every day and if it is not gone by the 3rd package see your doctor. You may need a different pill. Good Luck. ...Read more

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Could you be pregnant and still have breakthrough bleeding if you missed pills?

Could you be pregnant and still have breakthrough bleeding if you missed pills?

Breakthrough bleed: Breakthrough bleeding is common but not normal therefore there is no normal time for it to last. When you skip pills you trigger bleeding. The birth control pills will regulate eventually. Consider another birth control method if remembering to take your pill is hard. If you think you might be pregnant check then check a home pregnancy test. They are cheap, reliable and available at any pharmacy. ...Read more

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Can I get pregnant while taking the combined pill if breakthrough bleeding is occuring?

Can I get pregnant while taking the combined pill if breakthrough bleeding is occuring?

Still works: Breakthrough bleeding occurs when you have bleeding at unscheduled times while on the pill.. Often things get back to normal the next cycle. If not then schedule a visit to discuss changing brands or changing birth control methods. This is very common. Other than being annoying it is not dangerous. The pill is still effective. ...Read more

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Stopped pill, breakthrough bleeding. Is this a sign of pregnancy?

Stopped pill, breakthrough bleeding. Is this a sign of pregnancy?

It is possible: But it is more likely a sign of hormones not yet cycling normally. It can take several months after stopping the pill for the periods to get back to whatever is normal for you. However check a pregnancy test if you have been having unprotected intercourse. ...Read more

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I missed 3 pills in the 1st week of my bc pack 2 consecutive took 1 missed 1 I'm not having any breakthrough bleeding could I be pregnant?

I missed 3 pills in the 1st week of my bc pack 2 consecutive took 1 missed 1 I'm not having any breakthrough bleeding could I be pregnant?

Pregnancy possible: You need to use a backup form of contraceptive protection when you miss more than 2 pills in a cycle. Pregnancy is possible if you had sex during this pill cycle. Do a home pregnancy test 3 weeks after last sex in this cycle. ...Read more

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Have been on the pill 7 years, currently junel. I take it every day at the same time. What might cause occasional breakthrough bleeding? Normal?

Can be normal: A lot of women will have occas btb with their pills. Sometimes going higher on the estrogen dose can help. Most doctors, myself included, tend to go to the lowest dose, but not all women respond to that. A dose of 35 or 50 micrograms may help. To be honest, it is a trial and error process. If your current bleeding isn't too bad, you might just stick with it, otherwise talk to your doc for options. ...Read more

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Period last dec. 14-17. Had breakthrough bleeding dec. 25-31 then stopped pills. Around when should my next period be? When to test if pregnant?

Period last dec. 14-17. Had breakthrough bleeding dec. 25-31 then stopped pills. Around when should my next period be? When to test if pregnant?

Hard to guess: After stopping pills in the middle of a birth control pill pack, there may be some withdrawal bleeding. It is hard to guess when the next normal period will be, as that might depend on a woman ovulating within 2-3 weeks (but not every woman ovulates within 2-3 weeks after stopping the pills). So, if no real menstrual period occurs about 5 weeks after this withdrawal bleeding, can do a preg. Test. ...Read more

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I normally skip a period occasionally but have skipped 2 now using the pill and I've been breakthrough bleeding for over a week. When will it stop?

I normally skip a period occasionally but have skipped 2 now using the pill and I've been breakthrough bleeding for over a week. When will it stop?

Breakthrough bleed: Breakthrough bleeding (bleeding at the wrong time) is very normal on birth control. It happens in about 1/3 of users. Its no big deal and usually self corrects over time. If you are not satisfied or it continues to happen then consider using a different birth control method. It is a common side effect and does not mean something is wrong or that the pill is not working. ...Read more

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Missed 3 lo loesterin fe pills, now I have breakthrough bleeding, does this mean I can rule out pregnancy?

Missed 3 lo loesterin fe pills, now I have breakthrough bleeding, does this mean I can rule out pregnancy?

No you can not: If you missed three pills and you were sexually active then you can NOT rely on the pill this month to prevent pregnancy. Withdrawal bleeding occurs from you not taking the pills daily. Use over the counter Plan B if intercourse was within 72 hours to decrease the risk of unplanned pregnancy. Take a pregnancy test 2 weeks after intercourse. Consider switching to an IUD to avoid these scares. ...Read more

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If you find out your pregnant while on the pill. Will you still experience breakthrough bleeding from stopping the pill?

If you find out your pregnant while on the pill. Will you still experience breakthrough bleeding from stopping the pill?

Withdrawal bleeding: Not as much since your pregnancy is now providing hormonal support to the lining of the uterus. You may have some spotting from the slight drop in estrogen & Progesterone but not enough to disrupt a normally implanted pregnancy. Take care. ...Read more

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If I'm having breakthrough bleeding from a few missed pills and I have unprotected sex, could I still be pregnant? Will the bleeding stop if iam?

If I'm having breakthrough bleeding from a few missed pills and I have unprotected sex, could I still be pregnant? Will the bleeding stop if iam?

Breakthrough bleed: Breakthrough bleeding is common but not normal therefore there is no normal time for it to last. When you skip pills you trigger bleeding. The birth control pills will regulate eventually. Consider another birth control method if remembering to take your pill is hard. If you think you might be pregnant check then check a home pregnancy test. They are cheap, reliable and available at any pharmacy. ...Read more

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If I just started the contraceptive pills, had breakthrough bleeding (did'nt miss any pills) and had sex, could I be pregnant?

If I just started the contraceptive pills, had breakthrough bleeding (did'nt miss any pills) and had sex, could I be pregnant?

Unlikely: If your were taking a pill each day, it is not likely that you would conceive. Breakthrough bleeding does not decrease the effectiveness of the pill. ...Read more

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Even if I had breakthrough bleeding can I be pregnant? Keep in mind I missed 3 pills in 2nd week then in 3rd week I missed 4 pills but after sex.

Even if I had breakthrough bleeding can I be pregnant? Keep in mind I missed 3 pills in 2nd week then in 3rd week I missed 4 pills but after sex.

Pregnancy: You can get pregnant if you miss taking birth control pills. Since compliance is an issue for you perhaps you should talk to your doctor about the Depo Provera (medroxyprogesterone) shot or Implanon ...Read more

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