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Last month I lost an active birth control pill. Took the next days pill instead. Finished pack and got period a day early now spotting a week early.?

Last month I lost an active birth control pill. Took the next days pill instead. Finished pack and got period a day early now spotting a week early.?

Should be ok: Missing one pill and cutting short your month one day should not be a problem. May take a month or two to get back to "normal" for you. If concerned call your gyn doc and ask about the situation. ...Read more

Dr. Jeff Livingston
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I bled a lot once and I'm on my last active birth control pill. I have taken 3 late pills (an hour difference) and I'm on a low dose. Is it working?

I bled a lot once and I'm on my last active birth control pill. I have taken 3 late pills (an hour difference) and I'm on a low dose. Is it working?

Should be: Low dose birth control pills should be taken each day, preferably at the same time each day. If you have completed an entire pack of pills and have taken a pill everyday, being only an hour late on a few doses, then you should be well protected from pregnancy. If you are taking your last active pill today, you should start your period within the next 2-3 days. ...Read more

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What does it mean if I start bleeding two days before my last active birth control pill and I haven't missed any pills?

What does it mean if I start bleeding two days before my last active birth control pill and I haven't missed any pills?

Probably nothing: If you just started this pill in last few motnths it is not unusual. I would recommend continuing the pill in usual fashion. If it continues, f/u with your gynecologist. ...Read more

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How soon does your period start after your last active birth control pill?

How soon does your period start after your last active birth control pill?

If u are going to: Get one usually within 1-2 days sometimes on the low dose pills u may not get a period, if u do not get one within 3-4 days check a preg test. ...Read more

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When should my period start after I take my last active birth control pill?

2-3 days: Typically a period starts around the 2nd day of the inactive or placebo pills. One would "think" that it should start the first day of the inactive pills, but it's usually the 2nd or 3rd day into that row of pills. Good luck! ...Read more

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I accidentally took active birth control pill on day 23 instead of placebo. I realized my mistake and then took the placebo. Should I finish the pack as normal? Do I need any back up precautions?

I accidentally took active birth control pill on day 23 instead of placebo. I realized my mistake and then took the placebo. Should I finish the pack as normal? Do I need any back up precautions?

Yes: I would go ahead and finish the placebo pills as directed, whenever there has been a mistake in the administration of contraceptive pills a back up plan is always safest. All the best. ...Read more

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I had intercourse and then took my last active birth control pill (before placebos). I am experiencing light cramping. Could I be pregnant?

I had intercourse and then took my last active birth control pill (before placebos). I am experiencing light cramping. Could I be pregnant?

Unlikely: If your body has been stable on this "pill" for a while, it protects you on active and inactive pills. Pregnancy signs also take a while to begin, starting as early as when you might miss your period. Pee tests are cheep so you can always do a couple. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are the active and inert ingredients that the birth control pill "mircette" have in it?

I was wondering what are the active and inert ingredients that the birth control pill "mircette" have in it?

ESTRADIOL;DESOGESTRO: It contains combination female hormones ethinyl Estradiol and desogesterol in first 21 active pills and last seven are inactive sugar pills. ...Read more

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If I skip the last inactive birth control pill in my pack & start active pills of next pack a day early, am I still protected? Pills still effective?

If I skip the last inactive birth control pill in my pack & start active pills of next pack a day early, am I still protected? Pills still effective?

Yes, protected: Yes, the important pills are the active pills not the placebo pills. The placebo pills are just there to keep you in the habit of taking a pill every day and to allow you to menstruate. In fact, some types of BCPs are now packaged so that active pills are taken for about three months and then you take the placebo pills. ...Read more

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Am I as protected as I should be after missing one birth control pill 2 months ago? I think I missed one birth control pill 2 months ago about, I don't remember if it was an active or inactive pill or if I even missed it. But I have been taking my birth c

Am I as protected as I should be after missing one birth control pill 2 months ago? I think I missed one birth control pill 2 months ago about, I don't remember if it was an active or inactive pill or if I even missed it. But I have been taking my birth c

Don't worry: If you're taking the pills consistently without missing, it's not likely you would get pregnant. Keep taking your pills. If you take your pills consistently at the same time every without ever missing, the failure rate is <1%. In typical use, the failure rate is 9%. But you missed 2 months age and have had a period. ...Read more

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I missed a birth control pill Friday, took one Saturday, and miss another Sunday. I have been active during this time. What are chances of pregnancy?

I missed a birth control pill Friday, took one Saturday, and miss another Sunday. I have been active during this time. What are chances of pregnancy?

Pretty good: Unless you get yourself much better disciplined regarding your birthcontrol, the chances of pregnancy are excellent if you and your partner (s)are fertile and you have fairly frequent sex w/out condoms. STDs are also a good bet. This particular month, it depends on your ovulation date. If you miss a period - test - and see a Dr for a lot of info and a better method for you. Best! ...Read more

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How many days do you have to take tri-sprintec (birth control pill) before its active and you no longer have to use condoms? Been taking it 11 days...

At least a cycle: With any bcp you should use additional protection for at least one month. After that time, you can be more confident in the contraceptive effect but I would still recommend using condoms to protect against sexually transmitted diseases. The birth control pill cannot protect you from sexually transmitted infections including hiv. Hpv. Also recommend hpv vaccine series. ...Read more

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Got her regular period 4/12 -4/15. Was sexually active during the time. Only used birth control pill. Got another period 4/22-4/26. What caused this?

Got her regular period 4/12 -4/15. Was sexually active during the time. Only used birth control pill. Got another period 4/22-4/26. What caused this?

Depends: You are on a Progesterone only pill, norethindrone. If you don't take this pill at the same time every day, you will get breakthrough bleeding. Remember, on the pill no one gets a "period". Withdrawal bleeding occurs during placebo days of the 21/7 or 24/4 day type combination pills. On your type of pill bleeding is unpredictable and hopefully will go away over time! There is no "need to bleed". ...Read more

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I am on birth control pill junel & have started bleeding like a heavy period & lots of clots. I'm still taking the active pills should I be worried?

I am on birth control pill junel & have started bleeding like a heavy period & lots of clots. I'm still taking the active pills should I be worried?

See your doc: It is common to have irregular bleeding while taking birth control. It's often due to an imbalance of hormones. You need to see your physician so they can evaluate to see if you need to adjust your medication. ...Read more

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I have been spotting for 7 weeks on birth control pill and my doctor asked me to keep taking the active pill and skip the inactive pill is that normal?

I have been spotting for 7 weeks on birth control pill and my doctor asked me to keep taking the active pill and skip the inactive pill is that normal?

YES: However, if this is not effective, you may want to discuss the use a of slightly stronger pill. If you are new to this pill it may take 2-3 months for your body to normalize your cycles. ...Read more

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