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If you bleed during your placebo week could you still be pregnant? I am currently bleeding and it's a bit early for my period.

If you bleed during your placebo week could you still be pregnant? I am currently bleeding and it's a bit early for my period.

Possibly: Birth control is good, but nothing in medicine is 100%. Every once in a while, someone will get pregnant on birth control. If you think you may be pregnant, get a pregnancy test. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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What's the difference betwen break-thru bleeding and period during placebo? . And how to identify which is which? ..

What's the difference betwen break-thru bleeding and period during placebo? . And how to identify which is which? ..

Placebo week= period: Breakthrough bleeding will happen anytime before your period (in week 2 or 3 of the pills) and bleeding during the placebo is normal. ...Read more

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I started my period a week early on active pills. I'm still bleeding very light been 9 days. So not sure if I take placebos now or active pulls from new pack? I called pharmacy and they instructed me to take another active pill today then continue with th

I started my period a week early on active pills. I'm still bleeding very light been 9 days. So not sure if I take placebos now or active pulls from new pack? I called pharmacy and they instructed me to take another active pill today then continue with th

If you took your...: ... active pills while you were on your period, then you may have none left. If you wait another week to start your next pack, you could ovulate during that cycle. The safest thing is to start your next pack now. If the problem recurs, let your doctor know. Break thru bleeding & early periods may indicate that you need either higher dose or "stronger" OCP's to prevent pregnancy. ...Read more

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Missed3 pills first week, two in a row. Had 3 days light spotting mid cycle, no period during placebo week. Had sex using pullout method. Possible preg?

Missed3 pills first week, two in a row. Had 3 days light spotting mid cycle, no period during placebo week. Had sex using pullout method. Possible preg?

Low chances, but...: A urine pregnancy test, done correctly, gives a reliable result 3 weeks after sex (3 weeks after when conception might have occurred), or 1 week after missing a withdrawal period. If done sooner, a positive result is likely real, but a negative result may be due to testing too soon, and thus lead to a repeat test. If a woman gets her normal regular withdrawal period, then she is not pregnant. ...Read more

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Been on bc pills for 6 years, unprotected sex, heavy bleed for half day 9/23 1 week early than expected period. One week later still no period 9/30.

Been on bc pills for 6 years, unprotected sex, heavy bleed for half day 9/23 1 week early than expected period. One week later still no period 9/30.

Sometimes bleeding: Can be irregular even on the pill. Call your doc if persistant but it will likey resolve. Another possible cause, though it doesn't sould like its the issue, would be an infection. In the presnce of pain I would consider getting screening for a cervical infection. ...Read more

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Stopped birth control after seven yrs now no period but sometimes bleed during sex?

Stopped birth control after seven yrs now no period but sometimes bleed during sex?

If you stopped: Birth contol and have no periods, then bleed after intercourse, you may not be ovulating regularly, thus not having a period, thus growth of lining that comes out with intercourse; you may need a pap/ gyn exam, some infections present this way. Consider a pregnancy test, you did not say how long you have been off the pill but more than 3 months, no cycle and current issue, consider doc visit. Gdluc. ...Read more

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Had withdrawal bleeding for a day from forgetting 2 pills on first week of bc;doubled up. Is a brown period normal on the placebo pills bcuz of this?

Had withdrawal bleeding for a day from forgetting 2 pills on first week of bc;doubled up. Is a brown period normal on the placebo pills bcuz of this?

You caused: If you miss pills then you will trigger irregular bleeding. Brown is simply old blood. It is not normal because you are not supposed to forget pills in the first place. It is a natural physiologic response to taking your pills incorrectly. ...Read more

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I skipped my BC placebo week for vacation, but still got my period anyway. Now I've been bleeding for 2 wks. Is this common when skipping that week?

I skipped my BC placebo week for vacation, but still got my period anyway. Now I've been bleeding for 2 wks. Is this common when skipping that week?

No, not common: Usually a woman can get away with skipping the week of placebo BC pills and starting the next pack of BC pills immediately after finishing the active pills. This usually results in a missed period. However, as you have learned, it does not always work out that well. Don't worry. Continue your birth control pills as prescribed and your periods will regulate again in 1-2 months. ...Read more

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I started bc a month ago to regulate my period now on day 4 of placebo pills and still no breakthrough bleeding???? Why is this?

I started bc a month ago to regulate my period now on day 4 of placebo pills and still no breakthrough bleeding???? Why is this?

It happens: Sometimes the Bc affects the lining of the uterus in this way. So insteAd of bleeding you have none because the lining is thin. ...Read more

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Instead of taking my last 7 placebo pills, I skipped it and went straight to the what pack. This is supposed to skip your period but I am bleeding?

Can't skip period: No disrespect is intended. If you had the idea that last month's worth of endometrium (the lining of the uterus that must be shed each month) would simply disappear, I'm sorry. At the end of the month, it is shed and it is gong to pas? Who told you that you could avoid a period? It's obviously untrue and it's for you to decide whether the intent was malicious. ...Read more

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Is the bleeding I get on placebo pills means I'm not pregnant? I missed one pill. Iv'e been told the bleeding you get when on pills is not a real period

Is the bleeding I get on placebo pills means I'm not pregnant? I missed one pill. Iv'e been told the bleeding you get when on pills is not a real period

Bleeding: At the end of the pack of birth control pills one normally has bleeding which is your period. If you think you are pregnant then check a pregnancy test. ...Read more

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No Period on pill. Bleeding brown 5 days before due. Brown spotting on placebo week. Never missed pill? . Last month really heavy. What could this be

No Period on pill. Bleeding brown 5 days before due. Brown spotting on placebo week. Never missed pill? . Last month really heavy. What could this be

Breakthrough bleed: Sounds like breakthrough bleeding which 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. ...Read more

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Tried skip period on pill. Been spotting past 3 weeks since start new pack, now bleeding heavily a week before next placebo pills. When will it stop?!

Tried skip period on pill. Been spotting past 3 weeks since start new pack, now bleeding heavily a week before next placebo pills. When will it stop?!

Breakthrough bleed: Sounds like breakthrough bleeding which 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. ...Read more

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Was on depo. Stopped b/c never ending period. Started seasonique before nxt Depo-Provera shot. Been on it for 4wks. Bleeding while not on placebo. Normal?

Was on depo. Stopped b/c never ending period. Started seasonique before nxt Depo-Provera shot. Been on it for 4wks. Bleeding while not on placebo. Normal?

Yes: This is a relatively common problem. Your best approach is to stop the Seasonique for 3 or 4 days and then resume where you left off. This should cause what we call withdrawal bleeding but should reset your cycle. If you don't do this you are likely to have persistent bleeding. ...Read more

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Period won't go away, I'm on yaz, skipped it, and now break thru bleeding won't stop. Continue with pack or wait? What do I do? I've been on Yaz for a while, and have skipped the placebos before so I don't get my period. I started a new pack as usual and

Period won't go away, I'm on yaz, skipped it, and now break thru bleeding won't stop. Continue with pack or wait? What do I do? I've been on Yaz for a while, and have skipped the placebos before so I don't get my period. I started a new pack as usual and

By: By the date of this post almost a week has passed. I hope you continued the pills as directed. If not and you are still spotting contact your doctor for instructions.
Since you obviously don't like getting periods every month you should try seasonique. This is a bcp designed to give you a period once every three months. Ask your doctor if he/she thinks this is a good option for you.
Best of luck. ...Read more

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3 mnths On BCP & PMS symptoms, heavy breakthrough bleeding 3 days b4 placebos. Sex day after 21 days ago after period. - test. Preg? PMS? This normal?

3 mnths On BCP & PMS symptoms, heavy breakthrough bleeding 3 days b4 placebos. Sex day after 21 days ago after period. - test. Preg? PMS? This normal?

No: Birth control pills make PMS better 1/3 of the time, worse 1/3 of the time and don't change it 1/3 of the time. However, the heavy bleeding and bleeding before your placebos is not normal. You need to see your PCP or gynecologist for a full history, exam, and appropriate testing to rule out things like infections and abnormal cervical cells. This may just be because you need a different pill. ...Read more

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Want to skip next period. I'm on sprintec. Will skipping placebo week & starting a new pack skip my period? What are chances of breakthrough bleeding

Skipping periods: If you skip all the placebo pills and continue taking hormonal pills from the next pack you should not get a period. There could be breakthrough bleeding, but usually that happens after more than 5-6 weeks of continuous use, some women do not have any breakthrough bleeding for months at a time and skip all their placebo pills - as a treatment for heavy periods, painful periods or endometriosis. ...Read more

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I had sex June 10, I am on alesse, got my period on placebo, clots, and bleeding when I peed. Not crazy heavy but moderate. Can I still be pregnant?

I had sex June 10, I am on alesse, got my period on placebo, clots, and bleeding when I peed. Not crazy heavy but moderate. Can I still be pregnant?

Very small chance: Usually a period implies a lack of pregnancy. However there are always exceptions to every rule. There are cases of period-like bleeding during pregnancy which can delay the diagnosis. Birth control pills are very effective, but nothing is 100%. Take a test if you are worried! Over the counter pregnancy tests are actually very accurate if conception occurred more than 2 weeks ago. ...Read more

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Placebo wk, 2nd month of bcp. I have a heavy flow and since it isn't a real period is it still normal to be nauseous, tired, etc? Bleeding=not pregnant rite?

Placebo wk, 2nd month of bcp. I have a heavy flow and since it isn't a real period is it still normal to be nauseous, tired, etc? Bleeding=not pregnant rite?

Usually: In general, as long as you get bleeding during the placebo pills, that means that you're not pregnant. I suspect there is something else causing the nausea, tiredness. ...Read more

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Should I be worried I haven't had a period yet since my miscarriage I'm on yasmin (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol) and just started my new pack had no bleeding on placebo pill?

Okay: Depending on when you had your miscarriage, it might be that it will take another month to build up enough lining in your uterus in order to having lining to shed during the menstrual cycle. So long as you are on birth control pills, you're definitely safe in terms of the health of your uterus. I'm sorry for your loss, I hope you are doing well. ...Read more

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Reasons for break through bleeding then no period?

Reasons for break through bleeding then no period?

No period: Missed/late period: low body wt, obesity, weight ^ or v, ^exercise, endurance athletics, breast-feeding, stress, illness, eating disorders (bulimia or anorexia), anovulatory cycle (no egg released), travel, perimenopause, just starting menstruation, hormone irregularities, drug use, meds (i.e., birth control) or medical problems (i.e., polycystic ovary syndrome). #1 reason is pregnancy. ...Read more

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Bleeding and pain after no period for 5 months I'm 45 year's old?

Bleeding and pain after no period for 5 months I'm 45 year's old?

Pregnancy Test: Pregnancy test first. If negative, then see your doctor for menopause workup. Could be perimenopausal. ...Read more

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No period for 2 mnths then bleeding since the middle of may until now light bleeding still.

No period for 2 mnths then bleeding since the middle of may until now light bleeding still.

Anovulation: This type of random bleeding often means that you are not ovulating. When you don't ovulate there is no signal for an organized period every month. There are many reasons why you might not be ovulating so its best to discuss your symptoms with your Ob/Gyn. Best wishes! ...Read more

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I'm bleeding very lightly after 4 days of no period im not sure when I ovulated. Got a negative test?

I'm bleeding very lightly after 4 days of no period im not sure when I ovulated. Got a negative test?

Not to worry: Probably a late or erratic ovulation, if not pregnant you'll usually start full-on soon. If you don't start in a few days and think you might be pregannt do a hpt again. ...Read more

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No period for 2 months Then I started in May  and I am still bleeding lightly  it stopped then started again what's wrong?  

No period for 2 months Then I started in May  and I am still bleeding lightly  it stopped then started again what's wrong?  

Irregular periods: Since had 2 anovulatory cycle a hormonal imbalance created favoring estrogen hormone which thickens inner lining of the uterus and cause prolonged menstrual bleeding or spotting. Your gyn can regulate your period with hormone pills. ...Read more

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I've been taking Camrese since March and now on third day of placebo pills but still no period, is this normal for first cycle?

I've been taking Camrese since March and now on third day of placebo pills but still no period, is this normal for first cycle?

It can be normal...: For any birth control on any cycle. Some birth control pills have been known for causing such light bleeding during the menstrual cycle that it is undetectable. So there is usually nothing to worry about. Of course, if pregnancy symptoms start to occur, just take a pregnancy test. ...Read more

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Last period in sept. No period n Oct. Nov bleeding but not full 5days some pink after using the restroom last night why is this? Negative tests

Last period in sept. No period n Oct. Nov bleeding but not full 5days some pink after using the restroom last night why is this? Negative tests

Irregular cycles: It seems that your cycles have become irregular. Please see your gYN for a pelvic exam and BC pills to regulate your cycle and protect your from unwanted pregnacy. I also suggest condoms PLUS spermicial foam, gel, sponge or insert (double barrier protection) ...Read more

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No period for four months. Spotted for two days each for month 2 and 3. Now that its month 4 I am bleeding VERY scanty for the past two weeks? Help

No period for four months. Spotted for two days each for month 2 and 3. Now that its month 4 I am bleeding VERY scanty for the past two weeks? Help

Irregular bleeding: Irregular periods are one of the most common problems obgyns treat. If this is one time problem it usually resolves on its own. If this is a recurring problem you should be evaluated. Infections & hormonal changes can cause spotting. If there is a concern for pregnancy then do a home pregnancy test. There are many options available to help regulate the menstrual cycle. Schedule a visit. ...Read more

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I took plan B and for 2 weeks had light bleeding before expected period. No period that month though, just the light bleeding. Should I be concerned?

I took plan B and for 2 weeks had light bleeding before expected period. No period that month though, just the light bleeding. Should I be concerned?

Pregnancy test: Since plan B isn't 100% effective especially if taken after 24 hours from intercourse, I would start by checking a pregnancy test. Plan B may cause some irregular bleeding for a cycle or so, but the most likely cause is you're pregnant. ...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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