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If I missed a birth control pill and started bleeding is that my period or just spotting?

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Dr. Kenny Chuu
Internal Medicine

In brief: Depends

If you are on the "mini" 28-day pill (progesterone only), it's just spotting.
Most people won't have periods at all but occasional spotting is also common. If you are on the 21 day combo pill (estrogen and progesterone), it depends on which pill you missed. If it's one of the pills around day 21, probably you're about to start your period. Hope this helps

In brief: Depends

If you are on the "mini" 28-day pill (progesterone only), it's just spotting.
Most people won't have periods at all but occasional spotting is also common. If you are on the 21 day combo pill (estrogen and progesterone), it depends on which pill you missed. If it's one of the pills around day 21, probably you're about to start your period. Hope this helps
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