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During my placebo pills I had only brown doscharge, now on the second week of a new pack im bleeding. What is going on?

During my placebo pills I had only brown doscharge, now on the second week of a new pack im bleeding. What is going on?

Just delayed respons: Placebo = withdrawal Bleeding. When you start new pack of Low dose BCP one stops bleeding. But some times one gets delayed bleeding or Spotting inbetween the regular "Periods". This is because the Strength of Estrogen is very low compared to your own body. Just enough to stop Ovulation. Therefore some times you get this irregularity Continue BCP do not stop. If excessive bleeding, see your MD ...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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I took an active BCP two days into my 4 day placebo break, on Thursday, to stop the bleeding, but it didn't and it's still going. Why am I still bleeding? I'm on my 4th active pill of the new pack

Too fast for body: Often, taking only one active pill in the middle of the placebo we will not be enough to stop the bleeding. Remember that your body has a intrinsic cycle, and the pills essentially bend your body's will. One pill may not have been enough to stop the bleeding, this is not unexpected. ...Read more

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Had sex the day before I was to take placebo pills & started new pack instead of placebos. Started light bleeding yesterday. Breakthrough bleeding?

Had sex the day before I was to take placebo pills & started new pack instead of placebos. Started light bleeding yesterday. Breakthrough bleeding?

Most likely BTB: Since you are skipping placebos, ovulation is less likely. Still, there is a failure rate with oral contraceptives, so check a pregnancy test if your bleeding persists. ...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

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I skipped my placebo pills and started a new pack that had a higher dosage of hormones. It's been two weeks and I have light, pink colored bleeding, could I be pregnant or is it just breakthrough?

I skipped my placebo pills and started a new pack that had a higher dosage of hormones. It's been two weeks and I have light, pink colored bleeding, could I be pregnant or is it just breakthrough?

Most likely: It is break through bleeding. It is common for women to get break through bleeding when they start or change bcp. It usually goes away in several cycles. Also when the placebo pills are skipped and a new pack is started is another reason for break through bleeding. If you think there is a chance of pregnancy take a test. ...Read more

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On the pill for 9 months. Medium heavy bleeding 5 days before placebos and no bleeding during placebos. Negative preg test? What is happening?

On the pill for 9 months. Medium heavy bleeding 5 days before placebos and no bleeding during placebos. Negative preg test? What is happening?

Thinned endomtrial: Lining. You had break through bleeding for some reason either you did not take the active pills on time or you missed one or some other reasons. Birth control pill thins the inner lining of the uterus. Your break thru bleeding made the thining even worse and by the time you heat to placebo pills there is almost no inner lining left. This is why you did not bleed during placebo. ...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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Was on amoxicillin for 5days. Had bleeding so started placebos 3days later. Took 7. Had sex on active pill of new pack. Am I at Risk of pregnancy?

Was on amoxicillin for 5days. Had bleeding so started placebos 3days later. Took 7. Had sex on active pill of new pack. Am I at Risk of pregnancy?

BCP: interrupted: Some antibiotics can interfere with the estrogen in the pill, causing some bleeding. If you took placebos three days later, and took seven, and started a new pack, there is minimal chance of pregnancy. The pill "pack" is an arbitrary number: you can take placebos any time in the cycle, but not more than seven before starting a new pack of active pills. ...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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I was on a Amoxicillin for 5days. Had bleeding so started placebo pill 4days later. Took 7. Had sex on first active pill on new pack. Risk of pregnancy?

I was on a Amoxicillin for 5days. Had bleeding so started placebo pill 4days later. Took 7. Had sex on first active pill on new pack. Risk of pregnancy?

Very low!: I never make guarantees, but your chances of pregnancy are extremely low if you have not taken off more than 7 days of active pills. Although pharmacists often say that antibiotics can reduce the efficacy of birth control, the studies were done on a different type of antibiotic (not related to Amoxicillin), and no other studies have had the same conclusions. I wouldn't worry any more than normal. ...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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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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During my placebo week I had only brown discharge, two weeks into my new pack I'm bleeding. What's going on?

During my placebo week I had only brown discharge, two weeks into my new pack I'm bleeding. What's going on?

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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Does antibiotics for yeastinfection affect bc pills? I've missed pills & had u.P sex to. Will I bleed during placebo if pregnant & when will it show?

Yes: Taking antibiotics can decrease the efficacy of oral contraceptive pills, but probably not the pills you were taking for candida. Notwithstanding, missing pills is much more likely to cause a contraceptive failure than the antibiotics.
Pregnancy could cause you to bleed early, but check a home pregnancy test about 4 weeks from the start of your last period. ...Read more

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If I bleed during the placebo pills, that means I'm not pregnant right? The condoms never broke or leaked. We checked them all w/ water after sex

If I bleed during the placebo pills, that means I'm not pregnant right? The condoms never broke or leaked. We checked them all w/ water after sex

Can check a test: If you think you might be pregnant check then check a home pregnancy test. They are cheap, reliable and available at any pharmacy. If you are bleeding at the appropriate time on birth control then it seems that you are not pregnant. If you are concerned then check a test ...Read more

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I shortened my placebo week by taking my active pill two days early to stop my bleeding, but I'm still bleeding and it should have stopped by now. What should I do? Are the pills still as effective?

I shortened my placebo week by taking my active pill two days early to stop my bleeding, but I'm still bleeding and it should have stopped by now. What should I do? Are the pills still as effective?

Still effective: If you did not stop you pills when you had the abnormal period, it should still be effective. The abnormal period is just because the change it what your body is used to. It should correct itself next cycle. ...Read more

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Skipped placebos last month, took them this month. Took first active pill today, but continued bleeding. When will it stop?

Skipped placebos last month, took them this month. Took first active pill today, but continued bleeding. When will it stop?

Why?: There is no reason to take placebos that you missed. You should not assume protection from pregnancy this month. Use another form of contraception. Take all your pills exactly as directed this month. Your period will be irregular and no way to know when bleeding will stop or restart this month. In future if you skip placebo pills do NOT take them the following month. Just take next pack normally ...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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