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I'm on birth control and missed one day but took it the next morning and then took my regulat scheduled. Is that a reason for bleeding and cramps?
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Dr. Margot Watson
Gynecology
5 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Today's birth control pills have very low doses of hormones in them, so missing even 1 day can cause your blood levels to drop enough to start your period.
The bleeding will likely last until your next week of placebo pills. If you often have trouble remembering pills, consider another method such as an iud, nuvaring, depoprovera, or implanon.

In brief: Yes
Today's birth control pills have very low doses of hormones in them, so missing even 1 day can cause your blood levels to drop enough to start your period.
The bleeding will likely last until your next week of placebo pills. If you often have trouble remembering pills, consider another method such as an iud, nuvaring, depoprovera, or implanon.
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Dr. Kenneth Crabb
I agree with the cause of bleeding but am worried about the cramps. If your cramps are not controlled by an OTC pain med, please see your gynecologist
Dr. Natasha Flemens
Obstetrics & Gynecology
3 doctors agree
In brief: Possibly.w
Did you start bleeding while on active pills or the inactive pills? Sometimes excess prostaglandins released during menstruation can cause cramping for which the pills are excellent.
The pills also help to lighten your menses you may need a different birth control pill or different contraception such as mirena (levonorgestrel). Other reasons could be std's or benign growths. All good reasons to visit your doctor.

In brief: Possibly.w
Did you start bleeding while on active pills or the inactive pills? Sometimes excess prostaglandins released during menstruation can cause cramping for which the pills are excellent.
The pills also help to lighten your menses you may need a different birth control pill or different contraception such as mirena (levonorgestrel). Other reasons could be std's or benign growths. All good reasons to visit your doctor.
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Dr. Mary David
It is common to have breakthru bleeding when you take pills late but I agree that it would be a good idea to see your doctor
Dr. Mary David
Obstetrics & Gynecology
3 doctors agree
In brief: Possibly
Some breakthrough bleeding can occur anytime you take a birth control pill late.
It is most worrisome in the first week of the package because that is the most important for preventing pregnancy. Cramping does not usually happen with just spotting but is possible.

In brief: Possibly
Some breakthrough bleeding can occur anytime you take a birth control pill late.
It is most worrisome in the first week of the package because that is the most important for preventing pregnancy. Cramping does not usually happen with just spotting but is possible.
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Dr. Corey Bosin
Some oral contraceptive users are very sensitive to missed pills. Try to take the pill same time of the day each day. You may need to set an alarm on your phone.
Dr. Leo Eschbach jr
Obstetrics & Gynecology
3 doctors agree
In brief: Birth control
Yes missing your birth control can cause bleeding and cramping.
Try to take it the same time everyday and there will be less chance of missing it.

In brief: Birth control
Yes missing your birth control can cause bleeding and cramping.
Try to take it the same time everyday and there will be less chance of missing it.
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Dr. Ahmed Yousry
Obstetrics & Gynecology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes.
Different kinds of birth control pills have different effects.
Some pills can cause withdrawal bleeding if you stop for one day. You should do a pregnancy test and continue with the pills, if it is negative and if you didn't miss any other pills during the month.

In brief: Yes.
Different kinds of birth control pills have different effects.
Some pills can cause withdrawal bleeding if you stop for one day. You should do a pregnancy test and continue with the pills, if it is negative and if you didn't miss any other pills during the month.
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Dr. Laurel Walton
Obstetrics & Gynecology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Need to remember
If one misses a pill it is wise to take the missed pill when you remember and then take the scheduled pill as usual.
. Two missed pills you should use a back-up method and finish the pack of pills. Any time you miss a pill you may have break through bleeding and/or ovulate

In brief: Need to remember
If one misses a pill it is wise to take the missed pill when you remember and then take the scheduled pill as usual.
. Two missed pills you should use a back-up method and finish the pack of pills. Any time you miss a pill you may have break through bleeding and/or ovulate
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