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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...

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...

Should I take the 7 day placebo birth control pills if I have been bleeding for 3 weeks?

No. I would contact your doctor. You may need more estrogen to stabilize the bleeding. This can be done by taking your estrogen/progestin pill twice daily for 5 to 10 days or switching to a higher dose estrogen pill brand. Good luck. Read more...

Why is it that you cannot get pregnant during the placebo week when taking birth control pills?

Not enough time to . When taking the placebo pills, (esp. If the placebo pills last a full week-b/c newer pills have only a 2-4 day placebo interval) there is some prelim. Production of fsh to stim prod of some early cysts, but not quite enough time usually to allow for a dominant follicle/egg to begin maturomg/get released before starting to suppress t hem again when re-starting the active hormone pills. Read more...