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Dr. Barbara Lavi
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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Is withdrawal bleeding (not spotting, actual bleeding) during placebo week on combination birth control pills evidence you are not pregnant?

Is withdrawal bleeding (not spotting, actual bleeding) during placebo week on combination birth control pills evidence you are not pregnant?

True: It sounds like you are saying that you are having a normal period during your 'period pills week.' if that's the case, you are most likely not pregnant. Do a pregnancy test if you need to for confirmation. ...Read more

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How likely is it I would still get withdrawal bleeding during my placebo week even if I am pregnant. Is this still a way to confirm I am not pregnant?

How likely is it I would still get withdrawal bleeding during my placebo week even if I am pregnant. Is this still a way to confirm I am not pregnant?

Probably not Prego: Hi, Thank you for your question.

if you are having bleeding ON a birth control pill DURING your placebo week then you are most likely not pregnant. Do a pregnancy test still to be sure.

Hope that helps. Contact me if you have any other questions :-)
Dr. M ...Read more

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Am I pregnant if I had a light bleeding during placebo week one month after sex? I switched birth controls, and it was dark brown, lasted 4 days?

Am I pregnant if I had a light bleeding during placebo week one month after sex? I switched birth controls, and it was dark brown, lasted 4 days?

Pregnancy test: If the last time you had sex was a month ago, you should do a home pregnancy test. If the result is negative repeat the test 4-5 days later unless you get a period by then. Use first morning urine and follow the instructions for the test carefully.
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. ...Read more

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No withdrawal bleed during placebo week on aviane, perfect use, negative first response test, could I still be pregnant? What should I do?

No withdrawal bleed during placebo week on aviane, perfect use, negative first response test, could I still be pregnant? What should I do?

Unlikely: Aviane (aka alesse) is a low dose pill. It si not uncommon for women taking these pills to not have menstrual bleeding, especially after you have been taking them for a few months. With perfect use, it is unlikely you are pregnant. ...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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Would you still get withdrawal bleeding on placebo week if you become pregnant on the pill?

Would you still get withdrawal bleeding on placebo week if you become pregnant on the pill?

No: Withdrawal bleeding stops after a woman gets pregnant, even if she keeps taking BC pills. However, pregnancy-related spotting or bleeding happens in some pregnancies... which means a woman might think she is having breakthrough bleeding or withdrawal bleeding when in fact she is pregnant. Thus, if she misses a second withdrawal period, or has other pregnancy symptoms, she can do a pregnancy test. ...Read more

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If you miss birth control pills during your withdrawl bleeding can you get pregnant?

If you miss birth control pills during your withdrawl bleeding can you get pregnant?

No: Generally a birth control pack contains 21 days of hormones and 7 days of non-hormone pills. The 7 non-hormone pills are just there to keep you in the habit of taking a pill every day. ...Read more

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On bc had protected sex in Jan. And got withdrawal bleed on placebo week 12 days later. No sex since, got bleed for this month as normal Not pregnant?

Very likely not pg!: From your history, it's highly likely that you are not pregnant. You are on birth control, and used condoms (you are one smart cookie!). With two periods afterwards at the normal time, during the placebo doses of your pack, it is doubtful that you are pregnant. As you're still a tad worried, since you ask, double-check by doing a home PG test. Follow the instructions exactly. If neg: not pg. ...Read more

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Can I have unprotected sex on placebo days of pack if I don't have withdrawal bleeding w/o getting pregnet? Been taking birth control for months

Can I have unprotected sex on placebo days of pack if I don't have withdrawal bleeding w/o getting pregnet? Been taking birth control for months

Yes: Birth control pills, when taken each day at about the same time, are still working to prevent pregnancy, regardless of whether the withdrawal bleeding is lighter than expected, heavier than expected, or intentionally prevented. However, if the withdrawal bleeding is unintentionally missing, one can check a home urine pregnancy test. Real life can surprise you sometimes. ...Read more

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How long after withdrawal. Bleeding will I ovulate. Try to get preganent?

How long after withdrawal. Bleeding will I ovulate. Try to get preganent?

Varies: It depends on how long your menstrual cycles normally are. Ovulation usually occurs approximately 14 days prior to your next menstrual cycle. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have any type of discharge at end of withdrawl bleeding on placebo pills?

Is it normal to have any type of discharge at end of withdrawl bleeding on placebo pills?

Period and Placebo: Yes one can continue with a vaginal discharge, even at the end of the 4th week, and even with starting the Birth Control pills again with the first week. The main advice is to continue the pills without missing. ...Read more

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Took Plan B 1 week ago and am having what I think is withdrawl bleeding. Is it possible that I could still be pregnant? Flow is moderate.

Took Plan B 1 week ago and am having what I think is withdrawl bleeding. Is it possible that I could still be pregnant? Flow is moderate.

Plan b: Plan b blocks ovulation. Because of that Plan B can cause menstrual cycle disruption temporarily. That's likely what happened with you. Your cycles should return to normal shortly. You should always check a pregnancy about 10 days after using plan b. ...Read more

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So even if u have withdrawl bleeding from missing bc pills u can still get pregnant if there is sperm?

So even if u have withdrawl bleeding from missing bc pills u can still get pregnant if there is sperm?

Most likely u won't: Get pregnant if there's withdrawal bleeding because the sperm can't travel upwards through the uterus into the fallopian tube to fertilize the egg and implantation can't occur with a hostile environment. Best wishes! ...Read more

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I still don't understand how ppl become pregnant from missing bc pills becuz when u miss them u get withdrawl bleeding and when u bleed ur not prego?

I still don't understand how ppl become pregnant from missing bc pills becuz when u miss them u get withdrawl bleeding and when u bleed ur not prego?

Time to go see Doc: Please. If you do not understand how the ovaries and ovulation work and have not taken the time to learn these things then none of our answers here will help you. You have been taught accurately that missing birth controls turns on your ovulation and you can become pregnancy. This is the best we can offer you: the truth. Now go learn and understand and see your doctor in person. ...Read more

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How do ppl get pregnant by missing bc pills if when u miss them u have withdrawl bleeding and u are not pregnant?

How do ppl get pregnant by missing bc pills if when u miss them u have withdrawl bleeding and u are not pregnant?

Ovulation: As the hormone levels drop the ovary releases an egg. Ovulation occurs. Sperm, if they are there, impregnate an egg. This is widely known information and many pregnancies occur in this scenario. ...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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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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Checked all condoms w/water after sex &they didn't break or leak. On the pill. Since I bled during placebo week, does that mean I'm not pregnant?

Checked all condoms w/water after sex &they didn't break or leak. On the pill. Since I bled during placebo week, does that mean I'm not pregnant?

Probably not: Most likely not pregnant if you had period but I would consider taking a pregnancy test if you are concerned. Make sure to take your pill at the same time every day. Using condoms with your pill will help prevent stds and increase effectiveness of your birth control pill. ...Read more

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Since I'm bleeding during placebo does this mean I'm not pregnant? I've had up sex and missed pills this month. I've been bleeding before placebo

Since I'm bleeding during placebo does this mean I'm not pregnant? I've had up sex and missed pills this month. I've been bleeding before placebo

Check pregnancy test: Sounds like breakthrough bleeding which occurs when you have bleeding at unscheduled times while on the pill. Brown is simply old blood that has been sitting at the back of the vagina. 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. ...Read more

Placebo (Definition)

Placebos are generally medications and sometimes physical or psychological substitutes which in themselves have no known effect but which cause the patient to feel as if they are getting some effect. They depend upon patient expectations and the fact that there is a strong psychological component ...Read more


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