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I am taking birth control continuously. I accidentally took a few inactive pills and now I am having withdrawal bleeding. Can I stop it?

I am taking birth control continuously. I accidentally took a few inactive pills and now I am having withdrawal bleeding. Can I stop it?

Start a new pack: If you are taking oral contraceptive pills continuously and then take inactive pills, you are correct, you will get withdrawal bleeding. You did not mention how many days of inactive pills you have taken. There are 7 days of inactive pills in a 1-month pill pack. The withdrawal bleed usually starts (and ends) during the 7 days of inactive pills. Starting a new pack will stop withdrawal bleed. ...Read more

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I have started what i think is withdrawal bleeding from stopping my birth control (apri) pill how long after will i ovulate?

I have started what i think is withdrawal bleeding from stopping my birth control (apri) pill how long after will i ovulate?

2 weeks: When stopping birth control pills with the last pill in the package, not anytime before, ovulation can be anticipated 2 weeks from stopping the pill. This calculation still comes with a significant margin of error. If pregnancy is desired, pregnancy tests a week apart from the day of the first anticipated period after stopping the pill will catch a pregnancy early. Else, condoms until next period ...Read more

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So I just stopped taking birth control pills yesterday. I'm on day seven of withdrawal bleeding. The bleeding is very light. Is that worryworth?

So I just stopped taking birth control pills yesterday. I'm on day seven of withdrawal bleeding. The bleeding is very light. Is that worryworth?

What are goals?: You may find your period is less controlled and heavier now that you are not on birth control. If you are not planning to get pregnant at this time you may want to consider going back on them for cycle control. You can track your cycles over the next few months ands if you are satisfied. ...Read more

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How soon after restarting active microgestin birth control pills will withdrawal bleeding end?

About 3 days: withdrawal bleeds are caused by the destabilization of the lining of the uterus when it is no longer exposed to the progesterone component of your birth control pill. restarting birth control pills after you have started bleeding can shorten your period but will not stop it instantly because the process has already started I would expect about three days. ...Read more

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What are the side effects when you take 2 birth control pills in a day, by mistake? Does it effect your withdrawal bleeding?

What are the side effects when you take 2 birth control pills in a day, by mistake? Does it effect your withdrawal bleeding?

Probably okay.: If you accidentally take two birth control pills on the same day, you could have some nausea or vomiting - related to the higher dose. It is unlikely that this will start withdrawal bleeding, though you could possibly get your period a day early. While it's best to take medicines exactly as prescribed, this error will probably not get you into trouble. Stay on track and don't MISS any! Good luck. ...Read more

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I recently stopped the birth control pill, and I have had withdrawal bleeding for 4 days. When can I expect that to stop, and when should I ovulate?

I recently stopped the birth control pill, and I have had withdrawal bleeding for 4 days. When can I expect that to stop, and when should I ovulate?

Hard to predict: A lot of things go in to your body determining when things happen. When you stop treatment, when things go "back to normal" varies depending on things like how long you were on that therapy, your general health, involvement of other medical conditions you may have - the list goes on. You could expect the bleeding to stop in days or weeks. You could ovulate today or months from now. Time will tell. ...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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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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I have read that women on birth control pills have withdrawl bleeding, if a woman takes a morning after pill, can she experience the same bleeding? Also how many days after she takes the pill does she bleed?

I have read that women on birth control pills have withdrawl bleeding, if a woman takes a morning after pill, can she experience the same bleeding? Also how many days after she takes the pill does she bleed?

Plan B: The morning after pill may cause irregular spotting and bleeding but it may also have an impact on your next period. Although most women still have their period on time, you may have it several days later or earlier than usual. ...Read more

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I have been taking the birth control for two months straight ( no withdrawal bleeding in between). I already talked to my doctor about doing this, and?

I have been taking the birth control for two months straight ( no withdrawal bleeding in between). I already talked to my doctor about doing this, and?

What is: your question? It is not unusual for this to happen in one cycle but two cycles without withdrawal bleeding indicates that the pills may be a bit too "strong" for you!
Speak with your GYN or Family Health Provider about this!
BTW RARELY a pregnancy can occur if conception occurs before you start the pill! Take an OTC Preg Test to be sure!!
Hope this helps!
Dr Z ...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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When should I do a pregnancy test ? Which one is best? I've been missing birth control so their may be a chance. I've been bleeding a little though.

After missed period: You may use any of the fda approved, over the count test kits. It would be better to wait 4-5 days after a missed period; use first morning urine and follow the instructions in the package carefully. ...Read more

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I have been experiencing pregnancy symptoms so i stopped taking my birth control, I have missed the last 3. I started bleeding. Is it from the pills?

Could be: The bleeding either could be withdrawal from the hormones in the pills or from pregnancy. Why don't you take a pregnancy test to make sure? ...Read more

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What are the signs of pregnancy while on birth control? Will a store pregnancy test work? Is breakthrough bleeding a sign?

Take 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. Being on birth control does not affect the test results. ...Read more

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Take birth control, having brown breakthrough bleeding and negative pregnancy tests. Why am I bleeding? On plecebos week now also.

Take birth control, having brown breakthrough bleeding and negative pregnancy tests. Why am I bleeding? On plecebos week now also.

Common side effect: BTB is a common side effect of contraceptive pills especially early on, if very troublesome and annoying, then contact the prescriber ...Read more

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After taking Plan B Sunday, I began taking my birth control again Wednesday. When should I expect bleeding? And when should I take a pregnancy test?

After taking Plan B Sunday, I began taking my birth control again Wednesday. When should I expect bleeding? And when should I take a pregnancy test?

See below: Onset of bleeding depends on your birth control pill cycle. You may take a pregnancy test about a month after the episode of sex in question. 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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I have a positive pregnancy test but im bleeding. I stopped birth control about a day ago. Could the bleeding be caused by stopping the birth control?

I have a positive pregnancy test but im bleeding. I stopped birth control about a day ago. Could the bleeding be caused by stopping the birth control?

No: If you have a positive pregnancy test and bleeding. Either you having implantation bleeding when embryo attaches to the uterine wall. Or your having a threatened miscarriage. You should see your gynecologist for further evaluation. He may want to order a quantitative bhcg, and an ultrasound. ...Read more

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Started bleeding for one day but the bleeding stopped and now spotting. Never been on birth control. Took pregnancy test negative. Came two days early?

Started bleeding for one day but the bleeding stopped and now spotting. Never been on birth control. Took pregnancy test negative. Came two days early?

Don't know reason.: The main reason for light periods is a change in hormone levels. Causes for what seems to be a light period can include: implantation bleeding in early pregnancy, thyroid problems, eating disorders, excessive exercise, initial periods for a girl, use of an intrauterine device, oral contraceptives & perimenopause. ...Read more

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Are you still protected from pregnancy even though you have breakthrough bleeding 4 days before placebo birth control pills?

Are you still protected from pregnancy even though you have breakthrough bleeding 4 days before placebo birth control pills?

Normally: This can happen for no particular reason and protection is unaffected. If however it occurred because you have been erratic about taking your pills or you have been on other medications, particularly antibiotics, then effectiveness may be reduced. ...Read more

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Missed 2 birth control week 2 and had unprotected sex 5 days later - now breakthrough bleeding 3 days before pack ends - actual risk of pregnancy. ?

Missed 2 birth control week 2 and had unprotected sex 5 days later - now breakthrough bleeding 3 days before pack ends - actual risk of pregnancy. ?

Yes: Any time you miss pills there is a risk of pregnancy so it is a good idea to use condoms until you have started the next pack of pills. The risk is higher the earlier in the pack you miss the pills. The bleeding is likely to be because you missed the pills. My patients find an alarm in their phone helps them remember their pills.Tiknow for sure, check a pregnancy test next week and repeat it if - ...Read more

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I missed three of my birth control pills in the same week. One of the day's was a Friday and I had unprotected sex. The next day I started bleeding a light flow. Would I be at risk for a pregnancy? Also, if I didn't take any pills the following week and h

Yes: Oral contraceptives are highly effective when used properly. Only 3 in 1000 women using OCPs will become pregnant in a year of perfectly consistent use, ie, taking 1 pill at the same time every day. BUT, OCPs as they are typically used are frequently associated with unintended pregnancy because of missed pills. It is very possible that you are pregnant because you missed 3 of 5 pills in one week. ...Read more

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I missed two active birth control pills and now I am on the placebo pills. My breakthrough bleeding has not come on yet, am i at risk for pregnancy?

I missed two active birth control pills and now I am on the placebo pills. My breakthrough bleeding has not come on yet, am i at risk for pregnancy?

Unfortunately, yes: Even with perfect pill use there's still a tiny risk of pregnancy, but once you start missing them, the risk goes up. The "withdrawal bleeding" that you normally have during the placebo week would be a reassuring sign, but you could take a pregnancy test too. As long as it's been 14 days since your last intercourse, it should be accurate (first morning urine is best). Good luck! ...Read more

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Do you have to have sex to develop ectopic pregnancy? I just started taking birth control on march 25. On april 3rd, i kind of did sexual activities. I continued taking the pill. I got some bleeding on sunday, april 8th and have been bleeding ever since &

Do you have to have sex to develop ectopic pregnancy? I just started taking birth control on march 25. On april 3rd, i kind of did sexual activities. I continued taking the pill. I got some bleeding on sunday, april 8th and have been bleeding ever since &

In : In order to become pregnant, either ectopic or intrauterine (normal location of pregnancy) sperm has to be introduced in or near the vagina. There are multiple situations where women have conceived without penetration (penis inside of vagina). Your bleeding and cramping are likely due to the hormonal changes from the pill, which should go away within 3 months of starting the pill. You can take an early pregnancy test to be sure you are not pregnant, however i think it is due to the hormonal changes.
Call or see your doctor for further questions or concerns. ...Read more

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Been having vaginal bleeding for 27 days straight what can be the cause? Im on birth control, pregnancy test negative, waiting on sonogram results

Been having vaginal bleeding for 27 days straight what can be the cause? Im on birth control, pregnancy test negative, waiting on sonogram results

Hormonal abnormality: The causes of dysfunctional uterine bleeding are either hormonal or structural (like a fibroid). At your age I would strongly suspect a hormonal problem and not a fibroid. The ultrasound will rule out (or in) the structural abnormality. Do you have PCOS? If the ultrasound is normal your doctor will likely run multiple tests to determine what the hormonal problem is. ...Read more

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