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If I'm bleeding from missed birth control does this mean I'm not pregnant? Could you be bleeding and cramping if pregnant?

If I'm bleeding from missed birth control does this mean I'm not pregnant? Could you be bleeding and cramping if pregnant?

Yes: It's possible to cramp and bleed and still be pregnant. If you're concerned about possible pregnancy, run a home urine pregnancy test. They are accurate at 14 days after conception, especially if using first urine of the morning. ...Read more

Dr. Neigatha Graney
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What happens if you stop taking birth control then bleed later that week and then a week later begin to spot does that mean your pregnant?

What happens if you stop taking birth control then bleed later that week and then a week later begin to spot does that mean your pregnant?

Abnormal periods: It doesn't necessarily mean that your pregnant. If you think that you might be do a urine preg. Test, and follow up with a gyn appt to find another form of contraception. ...Read more

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Can someone explain withdrawl bleed? If you stop birth control in the middle of the pack & then bleed is this wd bleed? Mean not pregnant?

Yes: The hormones in the pill keep the lining of the womb from growing very much, so when this hormonal 'support' is stopped... Voila! Withdrawal bleeding. However, if you are sexually active after stopping the pill, please use another form of contraception to avoid unintended pregnancy. ...Read more

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While am taking birth control pills if you bleed before your period is that mean I can be pregnant?

While am taking birth control pills if you bleed before your period is that mean I can be pregnant?

Breakthrough bleedin: If you haven't missed any pills, it's likely breakthrough bleeding, which is daily common with low dose pills. It foes not effect the contraceptive aspect of the pill. Don't stop your pills. ...Read more

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On Apri birth control, had protected sex and got normal withdrawal bleed on placebo week when expected. Does that mean not pregnant?

On Apri birth control, had protected sex and got normal withdrawal bleed on placebo week when expected. Does that mean not pregnant?

Good work: You are practicing responsible safe sex practices and it sounds like you are doing it right! Keep up the good work! ...Read more

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I am on regular birth control and had sex 6 days before my period. I had my expected withdrawal bleed like normal. Does that mean I can't be pregnant?

I am on regular birth control and had sex 6 days before my period. I had my expected withdrawal bleed like normal. Does that mean I can't be pregnant?

Yes: If you are taking your birth control pills regularly and getting your withdrawal bleed as expected, you should be safe. The whole point of being on the birth control pill is prevention of pregnancy. ...Read more

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Does having a withdrawal bleed during the week of inactive pills on birth control pills mean you are not pregnant like a period off the pill does?

Does having a withdrawal bleed during the week of inactive pills on birth control pills mean you are not pregnant like a period off the pill does?

Almost always: If you get your withdrawal bleeding on the last week of pills, you are almost certainly not pregnant. That being said, nature is "wonderful"...If you think you may be pregnant, get a pregnancy test to make sure you are not. A home pg test will suffice. ...Read more

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I been off my birth control for a month and I had bleeding on the 14-16and it stop I'm having all the signs of pregnant but it came out negative twice?

I been off my birth control for a month and I had bleeding on the 14-16and it stop I'm having all the signs of pregnant but it came out negative twice?

Can retest next week: If last sex was less than 2-3 weeks ago, one can recheck another home pregnancy test next week. A urine pregnancy test done correctly gives a reliable result 3 weeks after sex (3 weeks after when conception might have happened). If a woman has her normal regular period, then she is not pregnant, and a test is not needed. ...Read more

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I had unpretected sex while bleeding an on birth control is it possible to be pregnant?

I had unpretected sex while bleeding an on birth control is it possible to be pregnant?

Not really: Very very very unlikely, but being unprotected is risky if it is someone you don't really know. Be careful. ...Read more

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Why am I bleeding after I orgasm? I've never been on any birth control and I've never been pregnant. What is going on?

Why am I bleeding after I orgasm? I've never been on any birth control and I've never been pregnant. What is going on?

See provider: Since you are asking this question you unlikely have had a previous vigorous sexual encounter that precipitated this problem so you should strongly consider seeing your health care provider to do an examination and give the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Could I be pregnant even though I've been having breakthrough bleeding all month from starting birth control for the first time?

Could I be pregnant even though I've been having breakthrough bleeding all month from starting birth control for the first time?

Not likely: No birth control method is 100% even with perfect use (no missed or late pills), the failure rate is 0.3% (less than 1 couple/100 will get pregnant in the first year of use) or 9%-9/100 will get pregnant with typical use. You should do a pregnancy test if you're worried or have missed pills, but bleeding in the first or second month after starting pills is common (even with perfect use). ...Read more

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If I don't start my new pack of birth control tomorrow will I start bleeding again? I think I may be pregnant so I don't wanna start until I know.

If I don't start my new pack of birth control tomorrow will I start bleeding again? I think I may be pregnant so I don't wanna start until I know.

No: Not starting your pill pack will let your body do its own thing. If your cycle is reguler (off the pill) you should expect a period in about a month. The potential flaw in your plan is that you could end up pregnant because you stopped the pill, if it turns out you are not pregnant now. Doing a pregnancy test would not be a bad idea. ...Read more

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Hello, I've been on birth control for about a year. The past 3 days I have missed my pills, I am now bleeding, not heavily, but not super lightly either. It's a brownish color and I was just wondering if I am possibly pregnant, I am not supposed to start

Hello, I've been on birth control for about a year. The past 3 days I have missed my pills, I am now bleeding, not heavily, but not super lightly either. It's a brownish color and I was just wondering if I am possibly pregnant, I am not supposed to start

Depends on timing: If you had sex 1-2 days prior to skipping the pills you are in danger of being pregnant. Since you missed three days, you need to use foam and condoms until your next period, if you are not pregnant. I hope you have the outcome you desire. Be safe. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have bleeding 3 days after stopping birth control pills & still be pregnant?

Is it possible to have bleeding 3 days after stopping birth control pills & still be pregnant?

Pregnancy unlikely: Once a woman stops bcp she will normally have a period starting in several days. If you've been taking your pills correctly it is unlikely you're pregnant. If you have been missing pills it's possible to be pregnant though most women don't bleed after stopping the pill if they're pregnant. If you missed pills check preg test. ...Read more

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Could I be pregnant even though I started my withdrawl bleeding while on birth control, the normal time I usually do?

Could I be pregnant even though I started my withdrawl bleeding while on birth control, the normal time I usually do?

Not likely: I would never tell anyone that pregnancy is impossible, unless they're completely abstinent. Nevertheless, a withdrawl bleed should not occur if there is a pregnancy. ...Read more

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What causes a woman to bleed when she takes the sugar pills on her birth control? Can you get pregnant when your bleeding?

What causes a woman to bleed when she takes the sugar pills on her birth control? Can you get pregnant when your bleeding?

Normal: The bleeding on the placebo or sugar pills is the expected time for the period to show up and is normal. Tis is not typically the fertile part of the cycle. ...Read more

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My first time taking birth control and took the patch off 7 days later. Can I be pregnant and even though I had withdrawl bleeding?

My first time taking birth control and took the patch off 7 days later. Can I be pregnant and even though I had withdrawl bleeding?

May need more info: To summarize, you started the patch and took it off after a week. Sometime after removing the patch you had a withdrawal bleed. Usually with a withdrawal bleed, you are not pregnant. In your case it's likely triggered by removing the patch, (withdrawal bleed as you stated). However, to answer your question of pregnancy protection, need to know what day of your cycle you started the patch ...Read more

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I had sex last week and took my birth control late. Starting a few days ago I started bleeding. What's the possibility I'm pregnant?

I had sex last week and took my birth control late. Starting a few days ago I started bleeding. What's the possibility I'm pregnant?

Pregnancy's possible: Having sexual relations at any time of your cycle opens you up to the possibility of becoming pregnant unless you know that you or he are sterile. Whether or not the bleeding is that of implantation vs. Your period is not easy to tell from the information you've provided. You may want to either check with your doctor or get a pregnancy test to take if your next expected period is missed. ...Read more

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Am I pregnant? I'm on birth control and my boyfriend finished inside me. This was friday I experienced bleeding sunday and havnt since!

Am I pregnant? I'm on birth control and my boyfriend finished inside me. This was friday I experienced bleeding sunday and havnt since!

Birth Control works: When did you start birth control? If it was more than one or two weeks ago why would any symptom that you experience be 'pregnancy' in your mind and not infection or trauma or hormone problems? Birth control works. The reason one goes on birth control is so these panicking mind problems are lessened. ...Read more

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When should I do a pregnancy test? Which one is best? I've been missing birth control so their may be a chance. I've been bleeding a little though.

After missed period: You may use any of the fda approved, over the count test kits. It would be better to wait 4-5 days after a missed period; use first morning urine and follow the instructions in the package carefully. ...Read more

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I have been experiencing pregnancy symptoms so I stopped taking my birth control, I have missed the last 3. I started bleeding. Is it from the pills?

I have been experiencing pregnancy symptoms so I stopped taking my birth control, I have missed the last 3. I started bleeding. Is it from the pills?

Could be: The bleeding either could be withdrawal from the hormones in the pills or from pregnancy. Why don't you take a pregnancy test to make sure? ...Read more

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I'm taking a low dosage birth control. I often have break through bleeding and spotting. I've been pregnant before, and I feel pregnant now. Possible?

Possible: The pill is never 100 percent effective however the low dose pills are no less effective than others. If there's ever any doubt do a pregnancy test. ...Read more

Dr. Jeff Livingston
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Contraception (Definition)

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Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
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Birth Control (Definition)

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