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Missed last active pill in birth control pack. Started new pack as normal after the inactive pills. Period was normal. Took Plan B . Pregnant?
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
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
Dropped birth control pill and can't find it, day before last pill before placebo and took last pill of pack. Do i just start placebos earlier?
Shorter cycle: When the last active birth control pill is not taken, the inactive pills should be started without interruption, and the new pill pack should be started immediately after the previous pack is finished. If breakthrough bleeding commences because of the "shortened" cycle, pills should not be discontinued, as this would make the irregular bleeding worse. ...Read more
On birth control, skipped placebo pills & instead started another pack & now taking placebo pills. Period is very dark brown, light. Pregnant?
Periods: Periods mean you are not pregnant. The color of the blood is meaningless. It is blood. ...Read more
Missed last 3 pills in pack. waited until next sunday to start new pill pack. bleed after 1st missed pill for 3 days. is that considered early period?
Breakthrough: bleeding from missing pills. Just keep taking your current pack and go right into the following 2 months: should regulate your cycle. ...Read more
Started birth control week before period was supposed start. Unprotected sex on 5th day after starting birth control. need morning after pill?
BCP: They are generally effective for sure after you have completed one pack and are probably effective after you have been on it 1-2 weeks. You should take the pills at the same time everyday, usually in the morning but that does't matter. The reason to do this is to prevent breakthrough bleeding. So, yes do the morning after pill if you do not want the possibility of pregnancy. ...Read more
Taking Ocella (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol) since Feb. Got period last week. Missed Saturday pill before starting a new pack. Used condom as backup-broke yesterday. Uneasy. Plan B?
Not necessary : If you always start your new pack on a Sunday then the last pill in the pack (Saturday) is a placebo pill, meaning it has no medication. Missing the last placebo pill will not decrease the contraception effectiveness as long as you start the new pack on time. Plan B is not needed during this pack if you don't miss any of the active pills. ...Read more
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
Doc let me switch period on birth control. Bled entire rest of pack. Starting new pack after placebo week. Will breakthrough bleeding stop?
Yes: Yes, it should soon once you start the new pack. ...Read more
On my second pack of birth control pills, stopped taking placebo pills of first pack 4 days in. Started a new pack on day 3 of period, am I protected?
Probably: I cannot tell exactly from your question, but as long as you did not go more than 7 days between the last active hormone pill of the first pack and the first active pill of the second pack, then you should be covered. You don't need to swallow the placebo pills, but they help you stay on time with the routine. ...Read more
I missed 4 birth control pills and started my period. started new pack had sex and month later period is 4 days late pregnant or messed up hormones?
Discuss with your OB: You should discuss it with your OB first. When a woman skips the placebo pills the withdrawal bleeding that normally occurs during that time is "skipped" as you continue on birth control. There are some things you should know so talk to your OB/GYN who prescribed the pills first. Good luck. ...Read more
Got provera (medroxyprogesterone) withdrawl bleed on Sunday, then started bc pill again...following Sunday got period! Continue pill pack? Why period now?
Yes continue pills: you may continue to have breakthrough or unpredictable bleeding while taking the pill. Continue to use birth control pills as prescribed. not all bleeding is "your period" , and you do not get a " period" on the pill. bleeding that occurs on hormonal contraception (like the birth control pill , ring or patch) is a withdrawal bleed if during the placebo pills, or breakthrough bleed other times. ...Read more
Does skipping placebo pills to skip a period & starting a new pack of BC lower effectiveness of the pill? No pills missed. Just skipped placebos.
Birth control for a month taken w/in 10 minutes of same time every day. Finished pack skipped sugar pills started new pack unprotected sex 4x day1 preg?
Start bc 7mo ago. 1st 3mo/spotting. No spotting following. Missed period pack6. Ending pack7 Sunday, started spotting yesterday? Always taking on time
BC hormone adjustmnt: Most women find that their menses are lighter with bc, both pills and Depo, and your experience of spotting and then skipping a period is not uncommon. Since you started spotting yesterday, you may experience a more "normal period" this month, but it may still be only spotting for a few days. Keep taking your pills on schedule, and you should be fine regarding contraceptive effectiveness. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Started new brand of birth control pills a day after taking last active pill of my old brand, skipping placebo week n period. Amprotected immediately?
On 8th pack of lo loestrin fe, took first pill of new pack 2.5 hours late then continued taking pills normally.Did this affect my protection that week?
No effect: Taking a pill a few hours late is not going to impact their effectiveness. ...Read more
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