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January 29, 2009

Stopping the Pill. Starting the Pill

When you feel that the pill you are currently on is not the right pill for you, stopping the pill is a good idea. After being on the pill for over 3 months, if you continue to notice discomforting side effects (headache, nausea and vomiting, dizziness, depression, vaginal infections, and cramps, just to name a few), those are signs that you should stop the pill and try another oral contraceptive.

Can I stop taking the pill immediately or should I wait till the end of the pack?

If you have just started taking birth control pills or is trying a new brand of pills, it is recommended to stay on it the pill for the first 3 months even and if are experiencing negative side effects. The negative side effects normally would pass after 3 months. If it continues, you may stop the pill.

Stopping the pill may change your regular menstrual cycle. You can stop taking the pill immediately if you are uncomfortable with continuing the pill. As soon you stop taking the pill, you will experience bleeding.

When stopping the pill, make sure you have an alternative form of contraception, such as a condom.

If I have stopped taking the pill and want to get back on the pill, should I wait until it is the beginning of a month?

If you are starting a new brand of birth control pills, make sure you have a back up method of contraception such as condoms. Your first pack of pills may not protect you from pregnancy on the first week of taking them.

You can start your pills today, on the day your period begins, on the fifth day your period begins, or on the first Sunday after your period begins (so your menses will almost always begin on a Tuesday or Wednesday).

If I stop the pill and my period does not come back, what does that mean?

If you do not get your period after stopping the pill for three months, you should first take a home pregnancy test to make sure you are not pregnant. If you are not pregnant and still did not get your period for at least three months, see your doctor. You may be experiencing post-pill amenorrhea. Post-pill amenorrhea is when the pill stops your body from producing hormones needed for ovulation and menstruation. It may take some time before your body gets back into regular production of these hormones needed for your menstruation.

If I am planning to become pregnant, when should I stop taking the pill?

It is recommended to stop taking the birth control pill one month before you conceive so you can get back on your regular natural menstrual flow. If you are planning on stopping the pill longer before you conceive, make sure you are using other forms of contraception such as condoms.

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278 Comments »

  1. If i want to start birth control.. how long should i wait before having sex

    Comment by Anonymous — April 1, 2009 @ 6:28 pm

  2. Dear Anonnymous,If you start your birth control on the first day of your period, and you have never taken birth control before, you are protected on the very first day. But, because it is the first time you are using birth control, you are most likely going to miss a pill so back up contraception such as condoms is highly recommended to prevent pregnancy. If you start your birth control any other day, you should wait until your period to start having sex. Again, always use a nonhormonal backup contraceptive like a condom for extra protection. Birth Control pills do not protect you against HIV/AIDS or sexually transmitted diseases.

    Comment by Janine — April 2, 2009 @ 2:44 pm

  3. What if I start taking birth control but decide to stop taking it for awhile and start taking it again..how will it effect me?For example lets say I want to have sex so I start taking it but I know I am going to be apart from my partner for an extended period of time but know that before they come back I will want to start taking it again.

    Comment by Anonymous — April 30, 2009 @ 12:44 pm

  4. Dear Anonymous,Based on your example, I would go see a doctor to see what he/she would recommend me to do. Your doctor should be able to give you different options.

    Comment by Janine — June 4, 2009 @ 1:46 pm

  5. I stopped taking levora over a month ago after being on it for almost a year, as it made me depressed. I had my period at the end of the pack and spotted for a few days. Started my period again three weeks later and it stopped 8 days later. Had protected sex 2 days later and I started to bleed and haven't stopped. It's been almost a week.is this normal?

    Comment by Anonymous — June 6, 2009 @ 1:31 am

  6. Anonymous – the situation you described is exactly what i'm going through right now. if you get an answer, i'd appreciate it if you shared it with me. Thank you..

    Comment by In the same boat... — June 13, 2009 @ 4:23 pm

  7. Dear Anonymous,You need to go see a doctor and let him/her know about the depression side effect you have experienced and see what other birth control they will recommend you. Also, mention to your doctor about the bleeding you have been having to see what your doctor can recommend you.

    Comment by Janine — June 15, 2009 @ 10:34 am

  8. I don't know if this belongs here, but I'm going to ask anyway.I want to stop taking the pill and I'm on my last week before I get my period. I still want to have sex with my boyfriend though. Would it still be safe to have sex without a condom while being on the last week, or should we start using a condom? I ask because I've heard that sperm can last up to 5 days in your vagina. And if that's true, I don't want to get pregnant.

    Comment by Anonymous — June 30, 2009 @ 1:50 pm

  9. Dear Anonymous,If you are planning on stopping the pill, you should definitely use back up contraception such as condoms. Sperm can last up to 7 days in yoru vagina, so condoms is definitely a must!

    Comment by Janine — June 30, 2009 @ 2:41 pm

  10. Been on bc for only two months, I have had alot of breakthrough bleeding. Its one week before I go away can I stop pill now and maybe I will be done bleeding by then. Not worried about getting pregnant, only started the pill because I thought I could stop my period from coming for my vacation.

    Comment by Anonymous — August 9, 2009 @ 8:39 am

  11. Dear Anonymous,Stay on the pill. If you stay on the pill, there is a chance your period would go away. If you get off it, you period will come for sure. Are you on any antibiotics? If you are, that may be a factor of why you are experiencing breakthrough bleeding.

    Comment by Janine — August 10, 2009 @ 9:32 am

  12. i just started on birth control. My last period was from Aug 16- 23. I started on birthcontrol on Sept. 16. Today is Sept 23 and i still have not gotten my period. Is that okay?

    Comment by Anonymous — September 23, 2009 @ 5:39 pm

  13. Dear Anonymous,It is normal for you to miss you period on the first month of taking the pill. Your body is trying to get used to the pill and missing your period on the first month of being on the pill is very common. You should keep your doctor informed about when you miss your period. Definitely let your doctor know if you miss your period again.

    Comment by Janine — October 1, 2009 @ 10:30 am

  14. iv been on the pill for almost 2 years and decided to go off it 3 days ago because of the mood swings it gave me. i usally dont get my period for 2 weeks and i got it today and have painful cramps which i dont reguarly get is this normal? how long will the pain last?

    Comment by madd — July 5, 2010 @ 10:13 am

  15. Dear madd,

    Every girl who come off the pill will experience different symptoms. Sometimes, the cramps could be from something else. Check with your doctor to see if it can be anything else or if it is the pill causing it. Make sure you mention about you and your family medical history, any current medication you are taking, etc.

    Comment by Janine — July 13, 2010 @ 9:41 am

  16. My husband and I are TTC. I stopped my birth control pills Saturday(9-11) I was at the end of my pack… I only had one left. Is it possible that I’m already back on my normal menstrual cycle? Before I started BCP my period always came on a Tuesday. Well today is Tuesday 9-14 and I’m bleeding pretty heavy. Is this breakthrough bleeding or my period?

    Comment by TTC — September 14, 2010 @ 9:48 am

  17. Dear TTC,

    Every girl who stops taking birth control reacts to the lack of hormone control differently. Some girls get back to their normal menstrual cycle right away, while others take 3-4 months or longer for it to go back to normal. Since you are trying to conceive, it is recommended for you to wait 6 months before you should try to conceive.

    You may be bleeding on a Tuesday for one of two reasons. One, you may be back to normal on your menstrual cycle, but just to confirm that you are wait a couple more months to see if your period always comes back on a Tuesday, if it does then you are back to normal, if not then obviously you have to wait a few months for your body to get adjusted to not taking BCPs. Two, you may be bleeding on a Tuesday because you stopped your BCPs and whenever a girl stops her BCP’s, you will get your period very soon and in your case, coincidentally it’s Tuesday. Either way, you will still need to wait at least a few months to see if you are back to normal or if you need a few months to get back on your normal non BCP routine.

    Try to track it on a calendar so you have all the events recorded starting from 9-14 (Tuesday). Goodluck :)

    Comment by Janine — September 14, 2010 @ 3:55 pm

  18. I started taking a pills on my 4th day of my mentruation (mentruation starts Sept. 30- Oct. 5). I stopped taking it after 5 days coz my boyfriend said it’s not good to me and this is my first time of using it, so kinda worried about the effects also. I’m bleeding for 2 days now but just finished my menses last week. Why am i bleeding? We had sex 5 days ago, why not I bleed early on I stopped taking it before I had sex with my guy? Hope to hear from you. Do i need some prescription?

    Comment by Virginia — October 15, 2010 @ 12:17 am

  19. Dear Virginia,

    Whenever you stop taking the pills you will get your period again, even though you just had your period last week because when you were on birth control during those 5 days, your body starts absorbing the pills and how the pill works is that as long as you are taking the active pills, you will not get your period, but once you stop taking them or are taking non active pills, that is when your period is supposed to come. Since you are sexually active, it is recommended for you to stay on the pill. The first 3 month of being on the pill may be a little difficult depending on how your body reacts to the pill (ie. the side effects that you experience) because your body is getting use to the pill. But after the initial 3 months has passed these side effects should go away. If you are not ready to have children, birth control is definitely something that you should be thinking about. If you do not like the pill, there are other alternatives such as the nuvaring, the patch, the shot, etc. Meet with your doctor to find out about other birth control methods other than the pill.

    Comment by Janine — October 18, 2010 @ 9:38 am

  20. im on seasonique and i missed 2 days but took them all on the third day. i started bleeding and now i have slight blood and brown.discharge for about 2 weeks ..is this ever gointo stop is something wrong

    Comment by benz — November 26, 2010 @ 7:19 am

  21. Dear benz,

    When you miss two pills in a row, you will start breakthrough bleeding. Once you finish the pack you will have a real period and when you start your next pack there should be no more bleeding. The breakthrough bleeding may stop earlier depending on how far you are in your pack. Every girl is a little different. You just have to wait it out sometimes.

    Comment by Janine — November 26, 2010 @ 8:10 am

  22. I have stopped the pill two months ago. Got my periods for a month after and now its late. Is there any chance I could be pregnant? I heard of the old blood bleeding after you stop your pill, but it was three weeks to a month until my full blown bleeding came on. The last time I had stopped the pills it only tool me a few days to let out all the old blood. What should I do?

    Comment by mzxpablo — December 2, 2010 @ 6:01 am

  23. Dear mzxpablo,

    Once you stop the pill, chances of you getting pregnant is 50/50, unless you are using another type of birth control. Your period may be a bit abnormal for a bit after you stop the pill because your body is getting used to getting back on it’s own rhythm and that includes your own natural hormones which is what controls your period. Speak to a doctor if you are worried about getting pregnant and he/she should be able to help you look for other signs of pregnancy.

    Comment by Janine — December 2, 2010 @ 7:50 am

  24. Recently I missed a pack of my pills that I have been taking for almost three years and it has been about a month and half and I just got my period yesterday. So I took the first pill of my pack yesterday and the second today. But I was wondering if I did that correct by treating it like when I first started taking the pills or should I have waited and taken them when it was the end of my period?

    Comment by Nicole — December 9, 2010 @ 10:23 pm

  25. Dear Nicole,

    You don’t have to wait until the end of your period. You can start it whenever. The reason doctors tell you to start at the end of your period because that way you will get your period the same time that you normally do.

    Comment by Janine — December 13, 2010 @ 10:57 am

  26. I have been on the pill for about 8 years. I started at 15 because of abnormal periods. I am now 23 and I’m experiencing negative side effects (high BP, weight gain, moderate depression, and fatigue). I would like to go off the pill and see if my side effects go away and if my periods return to normal.
    My concern is if I go off the pill, then want to return to it in a year or so, would this have any negative side effects to getting pregnant in the future? I don’t plan on getting pregnant any time soon, but I’m concerned since I’ve been on the pill for so long I will have problems getting pregnant or miscarrying?

    Comment by Claire — February 1, 2011 @ 2:32 pm

  27. Dear Claire,

    Are you sure that the side effects you are experiencing are from the pill? New side effects do not just appear after being on the pill for 8 years, it is usually caused by something else. Are you taking any other medication? Coming on and off the pill will not cause side effects to getting pregnant in the future but I would highly suggest you go speak to your doctor about your concerns and the reasons why you are thinking of coming off the pill. Make sure you tell your doctor about your entire medical history and all the medications you have taken in the past and present.

    Comment by Janine — February 2, 2011 @ 1:01 pm

  28. I’ve been on Pills for 7 months now. I decided to stop the pill for a cycle last month; and started taking my new pack on Feb 3, the first day of my mens. Yesterday, I finished taking the last pill.

    Since last week, however, I’ve been experiencing light pains on my lower abdomen, tissue and blood discharge occasionally during day (which could be also the signs of pregnancy). I’ve heard that chances of one becoming pregnant becomes considerably high once the pill is stopped being taken for even cycle. I haven’t missed any pill since the beginning of my cycle and I’m first day starter, but now I’m starting to fear that the pill may not have had its effect. I should mention that I didn’t change the brand of the pill.

    Comment by Elika — February 24, 2011 @ 1:29 pm

  29. Dear Elika,

    During the time you stopped the pill, did you have unprotected sex? If you did, make an appointment with your doctor and take a pregnancy test. If it is positive, talk to your doctor about your options. If it is negative, discuss with your doctor to see why would you be having the pain and blood discharge.

    Comment by Janine — February 25, 2011 @ 9:43 am

  30. i started taking loestrin 24 fe on jan. 13, 2011. ive been having unprotected sex (as in my bf ejaculates inside me) since feb. 28. i havent really had a normal period and when i do have on it isnt red. its like a brownish color. only last about 3-4 days. my last recorded “period” or so i think it was, was on March. 7. ive been missing days. and i finally decided to stop taking them all together. so i would say i stopped around the 18-20 of march (dont really remember) and on the 21 of march i got cramps and a period followed, it was bright red. and i still have it. there are times when its red and then times when its brownish. its not a completely heavy flow but its there. my period usually lasts 6 days. whats going on? is this normal because i stopped taking the pill or can i be pregnant? i did have intercourse the day before i got the bright period, the day of and 4 days after, because i thought it went away and saw that it came back on the 27 of march. please help

    Comment by alexis — March 29, 2011 @ 12:26 pm

  31. Dear Alexis,

    I hope you are using some kind of protection after you have stopped using the pills. You are supposed to get a way lighter/shorter period while on loestrin 24 fe. Now that you have stopped the pill, your body is trying to get back to it’s normal routine and so abnormal periods will occur after you stopped the pill. If you didn’t use protection when you stopped the pill and had sex before you got your period and the times after as well, there is a very high chance you may be pregnant. Consult your doctor and get a pregnancy test from him to see if you are pregnant and if you are not, talk to him about alternative contraception such as the patch, shot, ring, implant or the IUD.

    Comment by Janine — March 30, 2011 @ 11:17 am

  32. I was taking birth control for 5 days, it gave me bad headaches and bad mood swings so I quit taking it does that mean my period is oging to start sometime this week?

    Comment by Anomonyous — April 4, 2011 @ 7:52 pm

  33. Dear Anomonyous,

    Yes, you will get your period very soon.

    Comment by Janine — April 5, 2011 @ 9:22 am

  34. What if it is like the third day of your period when you start taking the pill? Does it really matter that you have to take the pill on the very first day of your period to be immediately protected from getting pregnant? Please help!

    Comment by Annon — April 10, 2011 @ 3:43 pm

  35. I have been on the pill since January. I had my period on March 22nd while I was on the sugar pills and I had unprotected sex on the 25 when my period was gone (yes it was short). I was supposed to start the pills back on the 27 but I just stopped them. I went to the doctor on April 2nd because my knee was hurting and they took a urine test to check if I was pregnant to give me the prescription. It came out negative (well, they did not say anything so I guess it was). But I have read that it takes more time for you to know if you are pregnant by urine tests. What are my chances of being pregnant?

    Comment by Maria — April 10, 2011 @ 6:04 pm

  36. Dear Annon,

    It doesn’t matter which day you start taking your period. The reason why doctors suggest you take it on the first day of your period is because you do not have to take a pregnancy test before you start taking pills and to make sure your last period was normal. It also reduces your risk of becoming pregnant by shortening the interval between the two packs of pills giving you a lighter period and less menstrual pain.

    Comment by Janine — April 11, 2011 @ 4:05 pm

  37. Dear Maria,

    Chances of you becoming pregnant is the highest when you are not taking your birth control pills but because you had unprotected sex while on the last pack, if you had diligently taken your pills on time every day since January you may be protected. To be sure, wait for your next period. If it comes, then you are definitely not pregnant. If it doesn’t, go make an appointment with your doctor to get a more accurate test.

    Comment by Janine — April 11, 2011 @ 4:07 pm

  38. i have been taking birth control for around 10 months now and my period came early, it came on a monday when its supposed to come on a thursday, and it ended on the saturday following. im not supposed to start a new pack until thursday, would i be able to start the new pack early since my period ended before i start the new pack?

    Comment by annon — June 27, 2011 @ 11:50 am

  39. Dear annon,

    Did you stop taking the active pills when you got your period? It’s strange that your period came early, and you have been on the pill for 10 months. Did you miss any pills or go on antibiotics that may interact with your birth control?

    Comment by Janine — June 27, 2011 @ 1:49 pm

  40. I dont want to have my period while on vacation over the weekend. Need to know if starting a pack of pills today will stop my period from coming completely til next month. Never been on the pill before.

    Comment by Meme — June 28, 2011 @ 9:47 pm

  41. Dear Meme,

    Every girl taking the pill for the first time reacts to the pill differently. Some will spot and some won’t. This also depends on the pill you are on. You just have to go on it and find out for yourself. When you are on the pill, your period is not supposed to come while you are on the active pills, so you shouldn’t be getting your period.

    Comment by Janine — June 29, 2011 @ 9:58 am

  42. I decided to come off my pill in October 2010 as me and my husband were TTC. I have had no period since the 6th December 2010, visited my GP in February and he advised I come back in a few months if nothing happened.
    My marriage has broken down recently so I restarted my pill 3 days ago, yesterday I had some bleeding and I have been awake all night with the most hurrendous stomach cramps (which I never normally get). Do I continue to take the pill and wait for the bleeding to stop? It really hurts!help!lol!

    Comment by Laura — July 7, 2011 @ 11:18 pm

  43. Dear Laura,

    Abdominal pain (stomach pain) is a serious side effect and you must contact your doctor immediately. It may be caused by a serious disorder.

    Comment by Janine — July 8, 2011 @ 7:20 am

  44. Hi there,
    I got my period June 14-18 thats before i started my bc pill. Then I decided to go on the pill. Now, my doctor recommended I take it on my first day so I got my period on July 11-15 and I took it on the first day which was the 11th now this is my first pack and everything! When will I expect to get my next period and will it all balance out after that when my periods come they will be on the week of the non active pills?

    Comment by Cristina — July 19, 2011 @ 2:33 pm

  45. Dear Christina,

    You should be getting your next period on the week of the non active pills.

    Comment by Janine — July 20, 2011 @ 2:43 pm

  46. Thank you!! I hope so!!!

    Comment by Cristina — July 20, 2011 @ 7:26 pm

  47. Hey there!
    I stumbled across this website and thought id ask my question since everyone seemed to get answers quicky.
    I had my last period June 14 (Thursday)and started the pill on a Sunday (Its my first month back on them I went off for a few months). Ive noticed mild cramping and I just dont like the way I feel on them, im about a week and a half into the package. If I stop now..Will I get my actual period within the next few days? or will I just spot and than get a normal period when its due? Im going on vacation and dont want “two” periods.I dont care about having it early aslong as I wont get it at my normal time as well. Thanks a bunch!!:)

    Comment by Jaymie — July 25, 2011 @ 6:23 pm

  48. Opsss I meant July 14th***

    Comment by Jaymie — July 25, 2011 @ 6:24 pm

  49. Dear Jaymie,

    If you do not want to have your period during your vacation, then I would advise you to stay on the pack until your vacation is over. You are probably not liking how you feel on them because you just started on the pack and it takes 3 months for your body to get adjusted to it. Every girl reacts to the pill differently, especially if they are on the pill for less than a month. I would not recommend you to go on and off the pills because it will really throw off the hormones in your body. If you decide to go off the pills, you most likely will bleed. Again, every girl reacts to the pill differently, so you may or may not bleed again when you are supposed to have your period.

    Comment by Janine — July 26, 2011 @ 11:36 am

  50. I went off the pill for a month after being on it for 11 years because my period just up and stopped. then i started a new pill after the month that i was off and only took it for 8 days and stopped because of side effects. so what i’m wondering is will i get a withdraw bleed in a couple days and then another period when i should have. and will my cycle come back to what it was before or will it be different now that i stoped the pill mid pack.

    Comment by jen — August 7, 2011 @ 4:32 pm

  51. Dear Jen,

    You will probably have some bleeding after stopping the pill. Every girl reacts to stopping the pill differently so you will have to be prepared for another period if it may come. Your body is trying to adjust to the new pills and now trying to resume back to it’s own rhythm. When starting a new pill, it is recommended that you stay on it for 3 months for the side effects to go away.

    Comment by Janine — August 8, 2011 @ 11:15 am

  52. I was on loestrin fe for a month and had a normal period July 15-21. On July 31 I quit taking my BC pills, I was one week into month two. On August 2 I started to bleed and it lasted 5 days. My boyfriend and I had unprotected sex on August 7, is there a chance I might get pregnant?

    Comment by Maggie — August 9, 2011 @ 8:17 pm

  53. Dear Maggie,

    As soon as you stop taking birth control pills and have unprotected sex, there is a 50% chance that you are pregnant.

    Comment by Janine — August 10, 2011 @ 9:29 am

  54. I am not on bc pills and was on my period. My period was almost over but not quite and I was going to the beach so I took 2 bc pills to stop it on a Thursdays and two more on friday and by time I got to the beach Friday afternoon it was gone. Now Monday my period has started again. What is going on? Help

    Comment by Tay — August 16, 2011 @ 11:21 am

  55. Dear Tay,

    Whenever you stop taking birth control pills, you will start bleeding.

    Comment by Janine — August 17, 2011 @ 9:30 am

  56. I took Yasmin for 21 days and have just finished my 7 day break. Unfortunately I got some swelling in my leg and although my Doctor believes it not to be vein related I am still scared. I have decided not to take the next pack. Since I just finished the withdrawal bleeding… will I get my period anytime in the next week or so? I am going on holiday and jsut wanted to knw

    Comment by Sara — August 25, 2011 @ 3:09 am

  57. Dear Sara,

    Since you stopped taking the active pills, you have already gotten your period. I don’t think you will have any withdrawal bleeding, but your body will go back to it’s normal rhythm so hopefully you won’t get your period for another month. Have a fun vacation!

    Comment by Janine — August 25, 2011 @ 9:34 am

  58. I started taking birth control (28 pack) last month the first time, and I started it on the first day of my period. After I finished the pack I didn’t get my new pack until about two weeks after. I just wanted to know if I I have to wait for my period to start again, or can I start taking them when I get them?

    Comment by Nancy — August 26, 2011 @ 9:00 am

  59. Dear Nancy,

    I would recommend you wait for your period and do the Sunday start (start it on the Sunday of your period.)

    Comment by Janine — August 26, 2011 @ 9:29 am

  60. I’ve been on the pill for over 10 years, always some form of Tri-Cyclen. I ran out of pills and have been off of them for a month. My period is three days late and I’ve had bad cramps but no bleeding yet. I have a refill on my prescription and I want to get back on the pill. Should I wait for my period to come or can I just start taking my new pills on Sunday? To make matters worse I have my yearly GYN appointment on Wednesday which I can’t have my period for.

    Comment by amy — August 26, 2011 @ 7:17 pm

  61. Hi,
    I had took bcp ( meliane ) since June this year and had missed two pills in a row on 14 and 15 Aug. I took 2 pills on the next day but resume one on the subsequent day. I had withdrawal bleeding on the 16 and continue to take my bcp till 19 Aug (stopped completely) as I experienced headache and depression.. (I still left 6 active pills) I continue to have spotting from 16 Aug till now. I had sex with my husband on the 17 and 19 Aug. Is there a chance that I will get pregnant? It seems like my spotting is taking forever to clear and I’m not sure when I can estimate my real period to come as I’m TTC. I heard that without period, there’s no ovulation. Is that true?

    Comment by Jolene — August 28, 2011 @ 5:34 am

  62. Dear Jolene,

    As soon as you stop taking the pill, you will get your period and your risk of pregnancy increases to 50%. Your next real period may be a month from now but because you are stopping the pill, your body is trying to go back to it’s original rhythm and it may be sooner or later than expected. Wait until your next period to find out if you are pregnant or not. If your period doesn’t come a month from now, take the pregnancy test at home. If it is positive, make an appointment with your doctor to get another more accurate pregnancy test.

    Comment by Janine — August 29, 2011 @ 10:15 am

  63. HI there sooo im on my week of the non active pills today was my first one! Last week during my active pills i noticed a lilttle bit of blood sometimes a little pink, red, or brownish! This is my second package of bc pills. First is that normal? and Second Since today is monday and its my first day of the non active pills am i suppose to get my period the same day or is it suppose to just be anytime during the week?

    Comment by Cristina — August 29, 2011 @ 7:47 pm

  64. Dear Cristina,

    A little bit of spotting is normal for being on the pill for the first few months. You are supposed to get your period anytime during the week of your non active pills.

    Comment by Janine — August 30, 2011 @ 9:47 am

  65. Dear Amy,

    I would recommend you to start your pills when your period comes. If you have your yearly GYN appointment scheduled, reschedule it for another day when you know you do not have your period.

    Comment by Janine — September 1, 2011 @ 5:03 pm

  66. Hello, I was on different brands of BCP since the age of 19. I am now 25 and stopped taking the pill about 3 months ago because I thought perhaps it was causing mood swings and I wanted to see what my body’s “baseline” was. I have not had a period since I stopped taking the pill… seem to be experiencing post BC amenorhhea. I only have protected sex, and have taken pregnancy tests at home, all of which have been negative. My question is whether it would be safe to restart the pill now? And would this most likely help my body to start cycling and make me have a period on my next inactive pill week? Although I know I’m not pregnant, I am stressed that I have not had a period!

    Comment by a — September 15, 2011 @ 3:10 pm

  67. Hi everyone.I just wanted to know something.I quit taking my BC pill(LEVORA) on August 15 and then my period started on the 18 and lasted only for 2 days then it stopped for 1 day and that same night I had unprotected sex with my husband.Then I notice after having sex that I started to bleed a little for the next 2 days.Is there a possible chance I can get pregnant?I’m starting to break out,my boobs are all tingly and feels heavy and my nipples hurt,i get headaches and i get cravings.But i don’t know if I am or not.Replies will be much appreciated! <3

    Comment by Jenny — September 16, 2011 @ 1:14 am

  68. Dear a,

    If you would like to get back on the pill, i would recommend you to wait for your period to come back, but since you are not getting your period you can just start it anytime just so your period will come at the end of the month. I would also recommend you to talk to your doctor about any questions you would have regarding the pill.

    Comment by Janine — September 16, 2011 @ 9:54 am

  69. Dear Jenny,

    As soon as you stop taking the pill, chances of you becoming pregnant is very high. You can wait to see if you get your period next month. If you do, you are not pregnant. If you don’t, take a home pregnancy test.

    Comment by Janine — September 16, 2011 @ 9:58 am

  70. I was recently told by my headache dr to stop taking my sugar pills and start a new package right before the sugar pills start. I have not yet gotten my menstrual and it is starting to scare me. Anyone have advice if i should just wait another month to see if it just has to fix itself or what?

    Comment by Sarah — September 19, 2011 @ 11:37 am

  71. Dear Sarah,

    What are you trying to fix? Please explain your situation further.

    Comment by Janine — September 20, 2011 @ 9:07 am

  72. Hi there i was just wondering if my girlfriend was on here 7 day break from the pill and we had unprotected sex on the 8th and she decided not to start taking here pills again when she was ment to start a new pack on the 9th. Could she be pregnant

    Comment by Sam — October 10, 2011 @ 8:03 am

  73. Hello iv been on the pill for 6months, i decided to come of it last month and had my breakthrough bleeding. i then went back on it for 5days after being off it for a week (in this time o had unprotected sex) i then came off it again as i want to conveive, i got another breakthrough bleed 5days later when normally i get it on the third day its alot lighter than normal and very light pink?

    Comment by Kerri12 — October 10, 2011 @ 6:22 pm

  74. Hi Sam,

    I am not sure if she is pregnant. If she realizes in the next couple of months that she is not getting her period then you should get her a pregnancy test to see if she is pregnant. If the test is positive, make sure she makes an appointment with a doctor to get a more accurate pregnancy test. If the tests comes out negative, make sure you use back up contraception or any contraception (ie. condoms or spermicide).

    Comment by Janine — October 11, 2011 @ 9:41 am

  75. Dear Kerri12,

    When you went on and off the pill your body is confused and that is probably why you are getting the breakthrough bleeding. If you are trying to conceive, give your body 3 months time to get back to its own rhythm again before you start trying.

    Comment by Janine — October 11, 2011 @ 9:56 am

  76. Hi. I took the first 5 pills of my pack and then missed
    8 pills cause i lost my pack. I had no sex diring those days. I just found it and want to continue. Should i just take the one for today or what should i do?

    Comment by rose — October 20, 2011 @ 4:54 pm

  77. I have stopped my bc pills for a month now because my period was all over the place… Can I start new bc pills as soon as possible? Even though I havent been on pills for a month?

    Comment by leo — October 21, 2011 @ 1:47 am

  78. Dear Rose,

    I would advise you to start over with a new pack and start it on a Sunday of your period.

    Comment by Janine — October 21, 2011 @ 9:50 am

  79. Dear leo,

    You can most definitely start your new birth control pills. I would advise you to start it the Sunday of your period.

    Comment by Janine — October 21, 2011 @ 9:51 am

  80. ok so I was on levora for about 10 months.I stopped taking the pills bc of my blood pressure my doctor said I needed to immediatly stop.well I was halfway threw my pack and I got a period of course for like 4 days very light. now Im 2 weeks late on the last mnth when I started bleeding…is that normal? should I be getting a period soon? im pretty sure I did not have an oops…could I be pregnant if i did? I kno levora stops everything! so if i did forget it was like 2 days after stopping the pill…which I SHOULD be good still ive been on it so long. how long would u say it will take for my peiod to come back?

    Comment by sam — October 22, 2011 @ 6:39 pm

  81. Dear Sam,

    As soon as you stop taking your birth control pills, you are at risk for becoming pregnant. To make sure you are not pregnant, you need to be taking birth control pills on a daily basis. Instead of stopping birth control altogether, your new doctor should have prescribed you to another birth control pill or another form of birth control that will not affect your blood pressure. Now that you are not on birth control pills, I would advise you to use a back up contraception such as a condom or spermicide.

    When getting off the pill, your body needs to adjust to not having the birth control pill controlling your hormones. That could take awhile and you may have to wait for your next period, whenever that is. Meanwhile, use back up contraception (ie. condoms or spermicide) and if you are worried you did get pregnant from having sex 2 days after stopping the pill, take a pregnancy test. If it is negative then continue to wait for your period. If it is positive, make an appointment with your doctor to get a more accurate test done.

    Comment by Janine — October 24, 2011 @ 10:05 am

  82. Hi,

    I would just like to ask. I took a first pack of contraceptive pill 8 days ago and i was diagnose with BV or bacterial vaginitis and was given metronidazole. I would just like to ask if i can just stop the pills? If i stop the pills will it cause delay on my monthly period? I took the pill on my fertility day because i had unprotected sex.

    Comment by Molly — October 30, 2011 @ 2:38 am

  83. Dear Molly,

    Metronidazole is an antibiotic that will decrease the effectiveness of the pills. When you are on this medication, your birth control pill will be ineffective so it is advised to use back up contraception (ie. condoms or spermicide) during the period you are taking metronidazole. When your birth control pill is ineffective, you most likely will get your period. It is important that when your doctor is about to prescribe you to a medication, you let him/her know that you are on birth control so that he/she will prescribe you with a medication that will not decrease the efficacy of the birth control pill.

    Comment by Janine — October 31, 2011 @ 11:45 am

  84. Janine,

    I am on the pill, but want to get off it immediately due to side effects that I am experiencing. I had sex with my boyfriend on Sunday, so four days ago. He pulled out. I am still taking the pill each day, because I am worried that even though he pulled out and I have been on the pill this whole time, that if I stop somehow I could get pregnant due to the possibiilty of sperm from pre-ejaculation last Sunday. How long should I keep taking this pill to make sure that I won’t get pregnant from last Sunday? I know the chances are slim. And I really want to be off this pill!!

    Thank you

    Comment by rachel — November 3, 2011 @ 2:02 pm

  85. I had my 7 day break then took day one late. I then forgot to take days 5,6,7 pill as I had misplaced the pack. I had unprotected sex in these days. When I found my pill I took day 8 but then I started bleeding. Is there any chance of getting pregnant? I have now stopped the pack and waiting to start again on my next proper period.

    Comment by Laura — November 4, 2011 @ 8:41 am

  86. Dear Laura,

    Chances of getting pregnant is very high whenever you stop taking the pill. You started bleeding because you had stopped taking the pill and your body thinks it is time to get your period again. When you get your next period, start over with a brand new pack and make sure you do not miss any pills to ensure you are protected from pregnancy.

    Comment by Janine — November 4, 2011 @ 10:20 am

  87. Dear Rachel,

    Sperm can live up to 4-5 days in your body. You can stop taking this pill tomorrow or the day after just in case. If you do not like this pill because of it’s side effects, have you spoken to your doctor to learn about other options or pills? Not every pill gives you the same side effects and a lot of times the side effects go away after 3 months of being on the pill. If you have not been on this pill for more than 3 months, I would recommend you to stay on it to see if the side effects you are experiencing will go away. If you continue to experience the same side effects, you can try other pills or other contraceptive methods such as the ring, shot, patch, or implant.

    If you would like to learn about other options, make an appointment with your doctor. If you decide to try another pill or method, doctor’s usually get you to finish off this pack of pills you are currently using and then after your periods, start on the new pack of pill or contraceptive method for continued protection against pregnancy. This way, you can try out the new pill/contraceptive method and still stay protected!

    Comment by Janine — November 4, 2011 @ 10:27 am

  88. Even if I’ve started bleeding would there be a chance I’m
    Pregnant? If it is just a withdrawal bleed? Thanks for the advice

    Comment by Laura — November 4, 2011 @ 2:27 pm

  89. I started tricyclen lo today on the third day of my period, after a year of being off it. Will my period last the same amount of time as usual or will it be longer/shorter?

    Comment by Annon — November 5, 2011 @ 9:40 am

  90. Dear Laura,

    Yes, there is still a chance. Wait for your next period to come. If your period doesn’t come, take a pregnancy test.

    Comment by Janine — November 7, 2011 @ 8:08 am

  91. Dear Annon,

    This period will definitely be shorter if it has not stopped already due to you starting Tricyclen lo. The remainder of your periods will depend on how your body reacts to the pill because every girl experiences every pill differently.

    Comment by Janine — November 7, 2011 @ 8:10 am

  92. I got my period October 16, 2011(sunday)-which was also the day I started my bc pills for the 1st time. This past Sunday started the last week in the pack……it is now Wednesday and my period hasnt started yet. When should I normally get it? Should I be worried? When should I take a pregnancy test?

    Comment by Jeny — November 9, 2011 @ 6:25 am

  93. Dear Jeny,

    Don’t worry, because this is the first time you are going on the pill, you may miss your first period because your body is adjusting to the pill. If you are worried, you can take a pregnancy test. You should get your period next month. If you still don’t, make an appointment with your doctor.

    Comment by Janine — November 9, 2011 @ 12:08 pm

  94. Oh ok. So should I just continue taking the bc pills and go into the new pack next week?

    Comment by Jeny — November 9, 2011 @ 5:29 pm

  95. Dear Jeny,

    Yes, continue taking the pills as you normally would.

    Comment by Janine — November 10, 2011 @ 9:23 am

  96. so ive been taking the 28 day bcp for 3 years now. last month i got my bcp 4 days late because there was something wrong with my insurance card. so i started my new pack 4 days late. my last perios was 10/12/11 so i was supposed to get my period this month on 11/09/11 and have not gotten it yet. i had unprotected sex this whole month can i actually get pregnant even tho i was not ovulating during those days? also i spotted a week ago but only in the morning for one day. ive been getting dizzy lately, i have been so tired and sleepy my food cravings are crazy and when i exercise my pelvis hurts, i know these are all pregnancy symptoms but ive taken 3 tests already and all say im not pregnant, if i was wouldnt it of shown since ive skipped my period already? whats goin on this is stressing me out any help will be much appreciated.

    Comment by theresa — November 11, 2011 @ 12:03 am

  97. i also forgot to mention that they changed my bcp pills to a different brand but cvs does this like every 3 months and i still always get my period. but idk if maybe that had something to do with it

    Comment by theresa — November 11, 2011 @ 12:07 am

  98. Hi,

    I was put on metronidazole for a bacterial infection. My boyfriend and I had sex two days before I started the antibiotics (he did not ejaculate in me)and haven’t had sex since. I am on ortho cyclen and I take it regularly. Could I still get pregnant?

    Comment by Lisa — November 11, 2011 @ 10:26 am

  99. Hi Theresa,

    I think you should make an appointment and talk to your doctor about the symptoms you are experiencing. I’m not sure if starting the pills 4 days late could cause all these side effects you didn’t experience before. Definitely talk to your doctor about your situation.

    Comment by Janine — November 14, 2011 @ 10:29 am

  100. Dear Theresa,

    I think that might be why you are experiencing these symptoms. Continue taking those pills as you normally would for the next three months of this new pack and see if those side effects stick around. If they do, make an appointment with your doctor and he/she might have to prescribe you to another pill.

    It is very strange that CVS would dispense you a different brand of bcp almost every 3 months. Is your doctor changing your prescription every 3 months or is CVS dispensing a different bcp to you every 3 months and disregarding the prescription? I think it is very important you stay on the same pill going forward. Does your doctor know about CVS dispensing you a different brand of bcp every 3 months? This is definitely something your doctor needs to know.

    Comment by Janine — November 14, 2011 @ 10:30 am

  101. Dear Lisa,

    When your doctor prescribes you antibiotics, it is very very important you let him/her know you are also on birth control because he/she can prescribe you to another antibiotic that will not interact with your birth control pill. While on the antibiotics, make sure you are using back up contraception (ie. condoms or spermicide) to ensure you are still protected from pregnancy if you are going to have sex because the antibiotic your doctor prescribed you (metronidazole) will decrease the effectiveness of your birth control (ortho cyclen).

    If you had sex before you started taking the antibiotic, you should be protected. If you don’t get your period in the next couple of months after you stop taking the antibiotic, take a home pregnancy test. If it is negative, you are fine. If it is positive, make an appointment with your doctor to get a more accurate pregnancy test.

    Comment by Janine — November 14, 2011 @ 10:41 am

  102. My girlfriend stopped taking her pill for 2 weeks then started in the 3rd week of her menstrual cycle. Now she is having spotting/bleeding when her period should be here and mild and light cramps. Her period is 3-4 days late should we be worried?

    Comment by anthony — November 27, 2011 @ 4:13 pm

  103. Dear Anthony,

    If your girlfriend decides to take the pill, she has to stay on the pill. She can’t stop taking it whenever and however long she wants to or else she will not be protected from pregnancy.
    If you and your girlfriend had sex during the 2 weeks she stopped taking the pill, there is a very high chance that your girlfriend is pregnant. Your girlfriend should take a pregnancy test since she is late. If it is negative, she is not pregnant and should wait for her next period to come to start a brand new pack of pills. She should stay on the pills as long as she wants to stay protected. If the pregnancy test is positive, make an appointment with her doctor to get a more accurate pregnancy test done.

    Comment by Janine — November 28, 2011 @ 2:43 pm

  104. I just started taking birth control pills on tuesday, and me & my boyfriend had unprotected sex, is there a chance that i could be pregnant?

    Comment by Carolina — December 1, 2011 @ 11:10 am

  105. Dear Carolina,

    It depends on when you started the pill. If you did the Sunday start method (starting the pill on the Sunday of your period) or the First day start method (starting the pill on the first day of your period), you should be protected. If you started the pill in the quick start method (starting the pill the same day you received your pills), there is a chance you may be pregnant. Wait for your period to come at the end of the pack. If it doesn’t come, take a pregnancy test.

    Comment by Janine — December 5, 2011 @ 9:49 am

  106. Hi,

    I have been on Brevinor-1 for the past 5-7 months. It worked well for me the first 3 or so months, however in July I messed it up by forgetting the pills on vacation for a week and had my period then.

    Afterwards I continued to take the pill as usual but started to have my regular/heavy bleeding periods during my active tablets and have a light, outdated period on my inactive tablets.
    Two weeks ago I stopped taking my pill after my last inactive tablet. Should I continue to take Brevinor-1 after my next period (which will disrupt the 28 day cycle) or see my doctor for a new brand?

    Will I continue to have these problems if I stick to the same brand?

    Comment by Anon — December 6, 2011 @ 3:04 pm

  107. I started take the pill in November the Sunday after I started my period which was the first week of the month. I broke my jaw on Nov. 7 and was no longer able to take my pills because my mouth was wired shut. I had just stopped my period on Nov 6. I started to bleed again on Nov 8. Before the accident my periods were starting on the 1st or 2nd day of the month. It is now 6 days into the next month and I haven’t started yet. I have had sex but we used condoms. Should my period start on the 7th or 8th since I had to stop the pill and then had a second period again for a few days? I never really have the same symptoms all the time before periods so it is a little hard to tell if it is starting. I am also under a lot of stress, more so than normal.

    Comment by Confused — December 6, 2011 @ 8:13 pm

  108. Dear Anon,

    I would suggest you stay on the same pack because you didn’t have any problems with it for the first 3 or so months of being on the pill. The breakthrough bleeding you have experienced is most likely from your missed pills which probably messed up your cycle for a bit and your body is taking awhile to adjust. Stay on the same pack, but don’t start it until your next period (which would be in a couple of weeks).

    Comment by Janine — December 7, 2011 @ 10:49 am

  109. I started the pill again after a few months of not taking it . I started taking it the first week of November on the Sunday after I started my period. I broke my jaw the next week On Nov. 7 one day after my period ended. I was no longer able to take the pill and I started a 2 day period on Nov. 8. What day should my cycle restart? I have had sex since then but a condom was used. But I feel like I should have already started my period. It has been one month since I had to go off the pill and one month tomorrow since the second period started.

    Comment by Confused — December 7, 2011 @ 10:54 am

  110. Dear Confused,

    Your body is probably just as confused as you are and is probably thrown off the cycle a bit due to the pill and the stress you are undergoing. If you are worried that you are pregnant, take a pregnancy test. If it is negative, you are fine and should patiently wait for your body to resume it’s normal rhythm. If it is positive, you should make an appointment with your doctor to get a more accurate test.

    Comment by Janine — December 7, 2011 @ 10:59 am

  111. Hi, I have been on the pill for ~10 years. I went off of it this last ‘cycle’ 2 weeks ago because of a change of insurance and I didn’t have an refillable Rx at the time. It will be 2 weeks into not taking any pills this upcoming Sunday – but now I have a new pill pack. Is it possible for me to start this new pill pack on this upcoming Sunday, or should I mimic my usual cycle of pills an wait an additional two weeks (which would have been 1 week on, 1 week on the placebos/off pills) to start a brand new pack? I am assuming if I started a new pack this coming Sunday, it would just push my period off by 2 weeks eventually after my system evens out? Please advise. Thanks!

    Comment by Questioning — December 10, 2011 @ 3:21 am

  112. Hi, I was taking birth control for almost a year well last month I forgot to take a pill and we had a condom break. Even though I probably would have been fine I took the plan b pill then I continued to take my bc the rest of the month and had my period as normal on time. I didn’t start my bc back up after my last period though because I lost my insurance and I just got it back. So now I am 3 days late, even though we used condoms and none broke I am still so worried. Do you think it’s pregnancy or is it more likely from stopping my birth control? PLEASE HELP! My husband and I are not ready to have another baby yet!

    Comment by Shelby — December 10, 2011 @ 11:31 pm

  113. Dear Shelby,

    When did you start taking birth control again? It sounds like you may be late because of the break you had from the pills. Continue the pack as you normally would. If you are worried, take a pregnancy test.

    Comment by Janine — December 12, 2011 @ 7:29 am

  114. Dear Questioning,

    If you prefer your period to arrive the same time as it has been for the previous past years, then you would want to wait a couple of weeks and start the pill on the Sunday or the first day of your period. Otherwise, you can start the pack right away.

    Comment by Janine — December 12, 2011 @ 8:47 am

  115. Okay, so I have been on birth control for a year now but my doctor accidentally called in trivora randomly when I’m supposed to take tri-nessa. I started taking trivora which I had to double up on several times to catch up and took it for about two weeks. Had horrible side effects and couldn’t take it, so I stopped trivora after the two weeks. Had breakthrough bleeding or whatever and then once it stopped I got tri-nessa and started a new pack. On the second day I had sex and my partner didn’t really do the best job of pulling out on time. He definitely ejaculated a lot after he pulled out but I’m worried that I might still be at risk, So basically now I’m freaking out. Suggestions/advice?

    Comment by I'm stupid — December 12, 2011 @ 9:14 pm

  116. Dear I’m stupid,

    How long ago was the unprotected sex? If it was less than 72 hours ago, you can take plan B. If it is more than 72 hours ago, you can take a pregnancy test at the end of your cycle. If it is negative, you are fine. If it is positive, make an appointment with your doctor to get a more accurate test done.

    Comment by Janine — December 13, 2011 @ 8:45 am

  117. I have been on Lo esterin Fe for 3 months I’m supposed to start my new pack today but its expensive so my doctor changed different brands for me. Is it safe to have unprotected sex or should I wait for seven days to have unprotected sex my boyfriend hates condom

    Comment by lisa — December 16, 2011 @ 10:48 am

  118. Been on birth control for 3 months doctor changed brands cause my other one was to expensive I start the new pack today how long do o have to wait to have unprotected sex my boyfriend hates condoms

    Comment by sally — December 16, 2011 @ 10:57 am

  119. How long should i wait to have unprotected sex when switching a new brand on time

    Comment by baby — December 16, 2011 @ 11:02 am

  120. hi i just started take the pill the name of my pill is femiane. this is my first time taking it, i started December 9th and today is the 18th . i’m trying to conceive and wondering if i stop taking the pill after my first pack can i stop taking to get pregnant, or if i’m taking the pill when is the best time for me to get pregnant while taking it???

    Comment by kayla — December 18, 2011 @ 8:51 am

  121. Dear Lisa,

    If you did not start the new pack right away after you finished Loestrin Fe, you need to use back up contraception during the first month of being on the new pill. If you did start the new pack right after you finished Loestrin Fe, you should be protected, but just in case you can wait seven days.

    Comment by Janine — December 20, 2011 @ 10:12 am

  122. Dear baby,

    If you start the new pack of pills right after you finish your last pack of pills, you should still be protected. Just in case you can wait seven days or use back up contraception during the first week of being on the new pills.

    Comment by Janine — December 20, 2011 @ 10:14 am

  123. Dear Kayla,

    If you want to get pregnant, you should stop taking Femiane. If you do not want to get pregnant, then continue taking Femiane. Femiane is an oral contraceptive to prevent pregnancy. If you do want to become pregnant, speak to your doctor about what you need to do and how to prepare yourself for pregnancy.

    Comment by Janine — December 20, 2011 @ 10:24 am

  124. Hi, I have been on the pill for almost a year. I had my period during the the tablet free break and started the new pack when I was supposed to. However I got sick and was taking antibiotics, so I decided to stop the pill. I started bleeding two weeks after I took The first pill from the new pack. I want to go back on the pill but not sure when to start. Do I continue with my old schedule or do I wait for when I get my period again?

    Comment by nalinie — December 28, 2011 @ 1:44 pm

  125. Dear Nalinie,

    I would recommend you wait for your period again to start the pill, this way you will be protected fully and you know you are not pregnant when you start the pill.

    Comment by Janine — January 4, 2012 @ 3:48 pm

  126. i have been on bcp for a total of 8 years and in 2011 decided to come off….well in sept 2011 i went back on….. i had surgery in oct and stopped taking them in november since i was not sexually active(due to surgery recovery)….well i had a short day and a half period that started december 12 and became sexually active afterwards at which i started my bcp back….i missed a few pills and took 2 pills on two diff days well i then started to bleed again which at that time it was dec 22 so i stopped the bcp to stop the bleeding since i think i took too many…i stopped bleeding on the 24th..had unprotected sex on the 27…i started taking my pills again on jan 1 and 2 and stopped….purse was stolen so no more pills…i have now started to spot brown/pink/red on 1/7. which is a week before i would expect my period…im so confused now on when my next period would come….i dont think im pregnant i just think thw bcp has my body confused….btw ive stopped bcp before and never had withdrawal bleeding so this was new to me///when should i start a new pack since i dont know if im going to have a real period….im sorry my post is so long but i wanted to be sure it was clear to understand…thx

    Comment by asia — January 8, 2012 @ 7:21 am

  127. Dear asia,

    To start over, stay off the birth control pills until you get your period. On the Sunday of your period, start the pack.

    Comment by Janine — January 9, 2012 @ 9:09 am

  128. I stopped taking birth control(yaz) dec 12 2011, i had “withdraw” bleeding on dec 15, 2011 and then yesterday after sex (jan 8 2012) I has some really lite bleeding which i thought may have been my period, but i have not had any bleeding since last night? is this my period or spotting?

    Comment by Kaitlynn — January 9, 2012 @ 9:31 am

  129. Dear Kaitlynn,

    That is hard to tell because you stopped your birth control pills not long ago. Usually, it takes your body a 2 – 3 months go resume back to it’s original rhythm.

    Comment by Janine — January 10, 2012 @ 10:14 am

  130. Ive been on levlen Ed for about 4-5 months now & skipped my period this whole time. I had no problems until 2 wks ago when I started a very light (brown) bleed after i had a tummy upset. It’s progressively become heavier (& red with clots at times) & doesn’t look lke it is going to stop. A week & a half into new pack my dr has advised to take a break & start taking active pills again next fri (almost 2 wks away). I’m not currently sexually active but know to use protection however I really want to know how long this bleeding can last given its been going on for 2 weeks already. It’s driving me crazy plus it should be noted that I am not pregnant either.

    Comment by Nikki — January 16, 2012 @ 1:56 am

  131. Sorry when I wrote its red with clots at times i meant that its only red now with clots at times & a medium flow for about 5 days now (the week before this was brown & more of a light flow).

    Comment by Nikki — January 16, 2012 @ 2:08 am

  132. Dear Nikki,

    This should stop if you do take a 7 day break from the pills. Do as your doctor recommended.

    Comment by Janine — January 16, 2012 @ 9:22 am

  133. So my girlfriend stopped taking her pills two days before her period nd we had sex with a condom …then had sex two more times without a condom but I never ejected in her.. Nd she told me that she had her period nd was bleeding for one day nd then it stopped..do you think she may be prego?

    Comment by Quan — January 16, 2012 @ 8:10 pm

  134. Dear Quan,

    When you have unprotected sex and did not ejaculate in her, there is a very high chance that you could have pre-ejaculated in her. Pre-ejaculation occurs before ejaculation and it may contain sperm that causes pregnancy. Your girlfriend may have experienced some bleeding due to her stopping the pill and her body is readjusting back to her normal rhythm. To find out if she is pregnant, you can get her to take a pregnancy test, although the earliest a pregnancy test can detect pregnancy is five days before her expected period, you might have to wait. I would highly recommend you to use back up birth control (ie. condoms or spermicide) while your girlfriend is off the pill. If she finds out she is not period, it is highly recommended she use birth control to prevent pregnancy.

    Comment by Janine — January 17, 2012 @ 10:55 am

  135. hello,

    I am on loestrin 24 fe, I took a break from my birth control for two months and my period came down regularly. My last period started Friday December 23rd. I restarted my pack on the 31st and didn’t take it the same time every day. I had unprotected sex the 2nd and the 6th. I continued my birth control normally. I was wondering if i could be pregnant? Since i took a 2 month break and restarted my bc pills and had unprotected sex a week after my period and was only on my 3rd pill? I stopped my birth control pills 3 days ago to attempt to induce my period and nothing? I have a 28 day cycle and should be gettin my period today, could the fact that i started my bc pills after my period make it come later? thank you

    Comment by Gigi — January 20, 2012 @ 10:46 am

  136. Dear Gigi,

    Take a pregnancy test. I believe first response will give you an accurate result before your missed period. If it comes out negative, take it again a week later to confirm. I would also recommend you to see your doctor to talk about other birth control methods that does not require you to take it daily (ie. Nuvaring, the shot, iud, or the patch). You can find out more about other birth control options here: http://www.birthcontrolbuzz.com/BirthControlTypesComparisonChart.aspx

    Comment by Janine — January 20, 2012 @ 1:08 pm

  137. Hi, I have been on beyaz for a year now. I had to stop for 2 weeks bc of lapse in insurance. My question is do I have to wait for my period to come before I begin taking pills again or can I start taking them right away?

    Comment by Gina — February 6, 2012 @ 10:37 am

  138. Dear Gina,

    If you would like to get your period at the same time of month that you have had before then you should wait until you get your period. Make sure you use back up contraception (ie. spermicide or condoms) during that time to protect yourself from pregnancy. If you don’t care when you get your period, then you can take it right away.

    I would recommend you to wait for your period so that you know you are not pregnant when you start these new pills and that you won’t confuse your cycle with going off and then back on birth control pills.

    Comment by Janine — February 6, 2012 @ 5:04 pm

  139. I have a question for about 6mths i was on bc Loestrin fe 24 i stopped this mth (feb) becuase i started getting boils on my under arms. I use to start my period (while on the pill) on a friday which to me was great. Since I stopped this month and have not yet started my period since i stopped, and want to go back on the pill should i start a) this sunday BEFORE my period, B) sunday AFTER my period? I really want to go back to having my periods on friday is this possible?

    Comment by jess — February 15, 2012 @ 6:06 pm

  140. when you say ,”If you would like to get your period at the same time of month that you have had before then you should wait until you get your period.” i should take it the day i started my period, or the sunday following the day i started. for example if mths before i had my period on a tuesday, and i want it to continue to have it on that day i should take it that tuesday i start, or that sunday the wk i started?

    Comment by Gina — February 15, 2012 @ 6:11 pm

  141. Dear jess,

    You probably haven’t gotten your period yet because your body is adjusting to get back to its own rhythm. I would advise you to take a pregnancy test first to ensure you are not pregnant before starting on the pills again. Once you are tested negative on your pregnancy test, you can start your pills on a Friday again like you normally do. If the boils come back, then the birth control pills may be the cause and you should talk to your doctor about other contraception pills or methods you can try.

    Comment by Janine — February 16, 2012 @ 9:47 am

  142. Dear Gina,

    Are you planning on getting back on Beyaz? If so then no, you can’t start your pills on a Tuesday for your you have your periods on Tuesdays because it has 24 active pills only. Your period will always come at a different day. If you want your period to come at the same day all the time, you have to talk to your doctor about changing to another pill that has 21 or 28 active pills.

    Comment by Janine — February 16, 2012 @ 9:51 am

  143. janine thanks for replying. another question in response to gina post lets say her bc has 28 pills like loestrin 24 fe has will she continue to have her cycle on a tuesday if she were to start a new pack on a tuesday? if not how will those pills affect on when to expect your cycle?

    Comment by jess — February 17, 2012 @ 5:29 pm

  144. My last period was the 21st of January, and my boyfriend and i had unprotected intercourse (by accident because we werent planning it or anything) on the 23rd but he didnt ejaculate in me (if that makes any sense), and my period finished on the 24th. but we had intercourse unprotected again on the 1st of february an he didnt ejaculate in me that time either. my doctor perscribed levlen ed to me on the 1st of february. and because i thought my period was due yesterday i started taking the 1st pill. last night i went back and counted the days again and i realised i was meant to start taking them today not yesterday. and my period hasnt come yet. im really worried and i cant tell my mum either because she is one of those mothers who worry WAAAAAY to much but i dont no hat to do. i havent told my boyfriend yet either because he will jump to conclusions :/ please help

    Comment by Worried — February 17, 2012 @ 6:41 pm

  145. i have just taken my 2nd pill, shud i stop taking them to get my period or shud i continue taking them and wait for my period to come. i have also thought about going to get a pregnency test but i worried about my mum finding it.

    Comment by Worried — February 17, 2012 @ 10:42 pm

  146. Dear Janine, in response to gina post would that work the same with me? since im on loestrin 24 fe which is 28 pills (24 active n 4 non active) and i take on a friday will my chances on getting my cycle the following mth getting my cycle be on a friday? I still yet have not had my cycle this mth for feb should i go ahead and start taking the pill befor my period?

    Comment by jess — February 20, 2012 @ 8:13 am

  147. Dear Jess,
    Unfortunately it doesn’t work the same with Loestrin 24fe. You can only count the active pills and in your case you have 24 active pills. If you want to start the pill this month and have your period on a Friday, start your pill on a Wednesday.

    Comment by Janine — February 20, 2012 @ 9:54 am

  148. Dear Jess,

    Loestrin 24fe only has 24 active pills and 4 inactive pills. You can’t start your pills on a Tuesday for your you have your periods on Tuesdays because it has 24 active pills only. Your period will always come at a different day. If you want your period to come at the same day all the time, you have to talk to your doctor about changing to another pill that has 21 or 28 active pills.

    Comment by Janine — February 20, 2012 @ 10:22 am

  149. Dear Gina,

    Are you planning on getting back on Beyaz? If so then no, you can’t start your pills on a Tuesday for your you have your periods on Tuesdays because it has 24 active pills only. Your period will always come at a different day. If you want your period to come at the same day all the time, you have to talk to your doctor about changing to another pill that has 21 or 28 active pills.

    Comment by Janine — February 20, 2012 @ 10:25 am

  150. Dear Worried,

    If you think you are pregnant, take a pregnancy test with your doctor. Since it’s almost 3 weeks ago when you had unprotected sex, the results should be fairly accurate. If it is positive, your doctor would tell you what your options are. If it is negative, then you didn’t get your period because you didn’t give your body the break from the pills that you are supposed to in order for you to have your period.

    Comment by Janine — February 20, 2012 @ 10:31 am

  151. its my first time to take birth control pills (althea), i took it on the first day of my mens,it actually stopped my period for 3days and then i was having a heavy period for the next 3-4days…so i decided to stop taking it. so maybe more or less total of 9 pills out of the 21. i started the pack last jan 23,2012… my bf and i had unprotected sex last feb 1,3,5,6 and 8. now, its feb 22. i havent gotten my period yet.. but i took 3 pregnancy tests already.. last feb 19,20,and 21. all negative. can i be pregnant?

    Comment by katey — February 22, 2012 @ 5:07 am

  152. Dear katey,

    Having unprotected sex that many times can put you at a very high risk for pregnancy. If your period is missed and your home pregnancy tests say they are negative, I would recommend you to go see your doctor and get one more accurate test to ensure you are not pregnant. If the test at your doctors is negative, speak to your doctor about birth control options. If you do decide to choose the pill again as your birth control option, it takes 3 months for your body to get used to the pill and breakthrough bleeding is a common side effect that you will experience during the first 3 months of being on the pill. Tough it out for 3 months because after the 3 month mark, your body should have gotten used to the pill and the side effects would have gone away.

    Comment by Janine — February 22, 2012 @ 10:11 am

  153. I stopped taking my pill the 3rd wk of the pack i started bleeding 2 day after which lasted about 4 days it wasn’t my normal period…i was suppose to receive my period maybe 10 days after stopping the pill…i haven’t had one yet and its 4 days over due…we were having sex almost everyday…..could i be pregnant

    Comment by julia — March 4, 2012 @ 1:36 am

  154. Dear Julia,

    If you are having sex everyday, your chances of becoming pregnant is very high. You did not get your period when you are normally supposed to because it takes time for your body to get back into its own rhythm. To find out if you are pregnant, take a home pregnancy test. If it is positive, go get another more accurate test at your doctor’s office.

    Comment by Janine — March 5, 2012 @ 11:36 am

  155. Im a new bcp user and I took my first pill on the first day of my period last month which was Feb. 5, I had unprotected sex from Feb 10 to 15 and after that I abstained from sex, I missed taking the pill starting on the 18th since i got admitted at the hospital;I discontinued taking the pill and experienced early bleeding last Feb 23 to 25, I did not finish my 21 day pack since Im now inactive..am i pregnant or should i wait for my period?

    Comment by barbie — March 6, 2012 @ 2:07 am

  156. Dear barbie,

    You can take a home pregnancy test to see if you are pregnant or not. If it indicates that you are pregnant, go to your doctor and get a more accurate pregnancy test done to confirm your pregnancy.

    Comment by Janine — March 6, 2012 @ 1:25 pm

  157. hi, i was on the pill for 5 years and decided to come off it for abit. i have been off it for 3 months, but have started to break out in acne again and want to start re taking it as it helps my skin. do i have to wait til my next period or can i start taking at anytime?

    Comment by guest — March 12, 2012 @ 11:29 am

  158. Dear guest,

    I would advise you to wait for your period, but if you absolutely can’t wait and is sexually active, you can start taking it now as well. If you are sexually active, make sure you take a pregnancy test to confirm you are no pregnant before starting the pill again.

    Comment by Janine — March 13, 2012 @ 10:35 am

  159. Hella ive been taking my birth control for about two weeks i,stopped and was having unprotected sex on,the 3rd day i started bleeding the first day wasnt so bad the second day was not either but the third day theres hardly anything and its blood today is the third day which makes it 6 days since ive had un protected sex could i still be pregnant or no?

    Comment by sarah — March 14, 2012 @ 5:41 pm

  160. Please help! I’ve been getting brown discharge with every pill I take. I stick to them for at least 3 months before I give up and try a different kind. I’m sick of this discharge =( should I just quit the pill altogether? This is really getting me down.

    Comment by Krys — March 14, 2012 @ 6:05 pm

  161. Hi Krys,

    Having discharges within 3 months of being on the pill is normal. I would advise you to stay on the pill for 4 months because we usually say 3 months to tell you at the 3 month mark the side effects should go away and you should notice improvements on the 4th month. Your body most likely takes a little longer to adjust to the pill so giving it more time is not a bad idea as long as there are not any other side effects you are experiencing that disables you to function on a daily basis. I would advise you to stay on the same pill longer and wait it out. If it really bothers you, speak to your doctor about other birth control options such as the ring, the shot, the patch, iud, etc. It could also be that you need a higher dose pill. I’m not sure which pills you have tried so maybe that could also be the cause. Definitely keep your doctor in the know about what’s happening so he/she can better diagnose the problem so he/she can help you.

    Comment by Janine — March 15, 2012 @ 1:25 pm

  162. Dear Sarah,

    As soon as you stop taking the pill and have unprotected sex, your risk of pregnancy is very high. To find out if you are pregnant or not, wait a week or two to take a home pregnancy test. Also make a doctor’s appointment to get a more accurate test done to confirm your pregnancy or non pregnancy. If pregnant, talk to your doctor about your options, if not pregnant, also talk to your doctor about other birth control options that will work for you.

    Comment by Janine — March 15, 2012 @ 1:33 pm

  163. my husband went abroad..iv been taking pills when he was here.now that he is not here i want to stop taking it…when should i stop taking it?

    Comment by cil — March 24, 2012 @ 7:04 am

  164. Okay me and my friend had unprotect sex 3times this month but he pulled everytime, my last period was on feb . 23 I was on bc pills for two years and stopped I started back taking them a week ago now my body,is going crazy could I be pregnant or is it my body getting back use to the pills

    Comment by Sweetheart — March 24, 2012 @ 1:27 pm

  165. Hello

    I’ve been on the pill (levora) for almost 6 months now and I am planning to stop taking it when I leave to the Philippines on may 25 because it’ll be hard for me to hide the pills from my parents. I usually get my period on the last week of the month. How can I not get pregnant after stopping the pill? Should I not have sex on the month of May then stop my pills right when I get my period which is the last week of may?

    Comment by Jasmine — March 26, 2012 @ 9:50 am

  166. Dear Sweetheart,

    It sounds like you had unprotected sex before you got back on the pill. Both possibilities of you being pregnant and your body going crazy because of the pill are very possible. I would advise you to first take a home pregnancy test. If it is negative then you should be fine, but just in case you can take a more accurate pregnancy test at your doctor’s office. This is highly recommended to eliminate the possibility that you are not pregnant so that you know your body is just going crazy because of the pills.

    Comment by Janine — March 26, 2012 @ 10:06 am

  167. Dear cil,

    I would advise you to stop taking the pill at the end of your pack.

    Comment by Janine — March 26, 2012 @ 10:06 am

  168. I have stopped having sex for about a week now. Is it ok if I stop having my Yasmin Birth control pills?

    I don’t want to get pregnant. Its just that I am single now and don’t plan to be with someone for a long time.

    I just want to be hundred percent sure that I don’t get pregnant due to my last intercourse. So when should I stop?

    Thanks.

    Comment by R — March 28, 2012 @ 5:59 am

  169. Dear Jasmine,

    How long are you going to be in the Philippines for? If you usually get your period on the last week of the month, wouldn’t you be on your period from May 25 – 31? If that’s the case then I would suggest you stay on the pill until the end of May and when you get your period at the end of May, you can just stop taking the pill for that month and resume it again when you are back.

    Comment by Janine — March 28, 2012 @ 8:56 am

  170. Dear R,

    I would advise you to finish the current pack that you are on that way your body can start going back to it’s own rhythm after you have had your period.

    Comment by Janine — March 28, 2012 @ 9:38 am

  171. My wedding is April 15. I am due to get my period April 17. I am 9 days into my new pack, can I stop now, and essentially get my period in the next 3-6 days? I don’t plan on continuing with the pills. I am also concerned with breaking out as a result of hormone chenges although I typically don’t. Suggestions? Feedback?
    Thank you

    Comment by Jennifer — April 2, 2012 @ 12:28 pm

  172. I will be going to the philippines for a month. If i skip my inactive pills, can I still get my period? I still don’t want to bring those pills because I’m scared I might get caught in the airport, and also my parents don’t know I’m on birth control. I’ve heard that if you skip them, you will miss your period. But I still want to get my period.

    Comment by Jasmine — April 3, 2012 @ 6:14 pm

  173. Dear Jennifer,

    To eliminate the chance of breaking out as a result of hormone changes, and all other changes your body will experience from coming off the pill a week before your wedding, I would advise you to finish the pack. You don’t need the additional stress.

    Comment by Janine — April 4, 2012 @ 10:48 am

  174. Dear Jasmine,

    Your inactive pills does not have any active ingredients in them so you are supposed to get your period. Whether you take the inactive pills or not, you’ll still get your period either way. The reason why there are inactive pills in your pack is to help you get in the habit of taking the pill everyday so that you won’t miss any or get confused as to whether or not it’s your pill-free period week.

    You shouldn’t be worried about getting caught with birth control pills by the border guards when at the airport. People carry their medications in their luggage all the time.

    Comment by Janine — April 4, 2012 @ 10:59 am

  175. Okay. But let’s say I stop taking my pills this month, will I get my period next month?

    Comment by Jasmine — April 5, 2012 @ 12:57 pm

  176. Dear Jasmine,

    You may or may not get your period next month. Every girl reacts to the pill differently when going on and off the pill. You have be patient with your body because it may take more than a month for your body to get back to it’s own rhythm.

    Comment by Janine — April 9, 2012 @ 9:27 am

  177. Dear, I complete my 21 days to take then after that i’ve waited my period but until now i dont get my period . Maybe im a pregnant? Pls help me!!!! Im so worried pls help me..!

    Comment by Violeta tan — April 14, 2012 @ 8:39 am

  178. Dear Violeta,

    This sounds like its your first time taking the pill. It is completely normal to miss your period during the first 3 months of being on the pill because your body is adjusting to the hormones from the pill and during that time, some girls do not get their period. Usually by the third month, your body would have gotten used to the pill and you should be getting your period more regularly when you are on the inactive pills. If you are still worried, take a pregnancy test.

    Comment by Janine — April 16, 2012 @ 11:27 am

  179. I forgot to pick up my birthday control from the pharmacy so I took a week break. I’m just finishing my period and plan to start my pills again on Friday. If I were to have sex on Saturday, would I get pregnant? I mean I know you can get pregnant if you miss a pill but would I be at the point in my cycle where I could get pregnant?

    Comment by Cassie — April 25, 2012 @ 5:37 pm

  180. Dear Cassie,

    Which pill were you on? Were you on a 21 active pill pack and you take a pill free week where you get your period? If this is the case, and you’re starting the pill a week after you stopped your last active pill then you should be protected. If you are on a 28 pill pack, where there are 21 active pills and 7 inactive pills, and you took a week break after the 7 inactive pills, I would advise you to use extra protection (ie. condoms or spermicide) for the first month to make sure you don’t get pregnant.

    Comment by Janine — April 26, 2012 @ 10:00 am

  181. Hi Janine,

    I am wondering how can you not get pregnant when stoppIng the pill? I’m planning to stop taking the pill and I heard that right when you stop taking it, you will get pregnant right away. However, me and my boyfriend have been using double protection (condom + pill) and never had unprotected sex. I really want to stop the pill because my parents don’t know and I don’t want to keep hiding this from them. And I really don’t want to get pregnant.

    Comment by Marian — May 9, 2012 @ 4:21 pm

  182. Dear Marian,

    When stopping the pill, continue using the condom as your birth control. That should help protect you from pregnancy as well.

    Comment by Janine — May 10, 2012 @ 9:26 am

  183. Well me and my bf are not having sex right now and its been lole 3 weeks already because I will be on vacation soon and I’m planning to stop taking it when I get my period. When I stop taking it, what will happen to my body? Will my period still be regular? And if I plan to go back on the pill, when should I start taking it?

    Comment by Marian — May 10, 2012 @ 11:38 am

  184. My girlfriend finished her period a week before stopping her bc, then got it again (which from what we have gathered is normal). Would she likely begin her next period in her cycle’s time from the period before she stopped, or the period from stopping?

    Comment by Charlie — May 10, 2012 @ 12:39 pm

  185. Dear Marian,

    If you stop taking the pill after your period you probably may notice hormonal changes ie. appetite, mood, etc). You may also notice your next period may come sooner or delayed and it may be lighter or heavier. When you do decide to go back on the pill, I would advise you to start the first Sunday of your period. This way you are fully protected when you start the pill.

    Comment by Janine — May 11, 2012 @ 1:51 am

  186. Dear Charlie,

    When stopping the pill, it will take up to 3 months for your friend’s body to return to it’s own rhythm. She may bleed heaver or lighter than when she was on the pill, and her period may come earlier or later than when she was on the pill. For the first 3 months of coming off the pill, you won’t know exactly what will happen, but after being off the pill for 3 months, things should normalize again and she should have a better idea of when to expect her period.

    Comment by Janine — May 11, 2012 @ 1:55 am

  187. Does it have to the first day of your period on a Sunday?

    Comment by Marian — May 12, 2012 @ 6:34 am

  188. Hi! I went off the pill after finishing my last pack. I had that months withdrawal bleeding and am waiting for my actual period/menstruation to start, however, I wanted to get back on it again and obviously have yet to have an initial menstruation. Can I get back on it or do I have to wait for my actual menstruation to start once again before getting back on the pill? For the record I was taking it for 7 months and had some spotting today.

    Comment by janet — May 13, 2012 @ 1:47 pm

  189. Dear Marian,

    No, start it on the Sunday of your period

    Comment by Janine — May 14, 2012 @ 7:30 am

  190. Dear janet,

    We always recommend girls to start the pill on the Sunday of their period because this gives you protection as soon as you start taking it. If you can’t wait for it, you can take it right away so you can be protected. Make sure you take a pregnancy test to make sure you are not pregnant. Once you have been confirmed that you are not pregnant, then you can start the pills.

    Comment by Janine — May 14, 2012 @ 7:34 am

  191. I was on the pill for about two years and just went off at my doc’s recommendation to see if I still had a normal period. I finished a pack, and my regular period came back about 5 weeks later (so about a week later than expected). It has now been 7 weeks since then, and no sign of another period. I feel like I’m starting to get past the moodiness and anxiety that struck right after going off — normal side effects — but I’m troubled that I still have no period! I’m definitely not pregnant, either. I know it can take 3-4 months to get back on a normal cycle, but it seemed like I was on a semi-normal cycle last month and now I’m not anymore. Part of me wants to go back on the pill (for birth control purposes) but another part of me thinks if I’m this messed up after going off, maybe I should just stay off the pill for good. Any thoughts? Thanks!

    Comment by Denise — May 19, 2012 @ 8:25 am

  192. i forgot to take the pill yesturday..usually around 8pm..i remembered the next day…10am…i had cramps all day without bleeding..is this expected?? Just curious…

    Comment by jessica berthiau?e — May 19, 2012 @ 9:52 am

  193. Hey. I want to stop taking the pill because my partner and I decided we want a baby. I just started a new pack last night, however, because I did not know yet if it was okay to just stop like that. Can I go on and stop taking them, or should I wait til next month? I’m not sure how much ONE pill effects that decision.

    Comment by Curious — May 21, 2012 @ 3:58 am

  194. Janine,

    I have not had sex for a month already. If I stop the pill when I get my period, will there be a chance I will get pregnant?

    Comment by Marian — May 21, 2012 @ 7:56 pm

  195. And I also heard that you are more fertile once you get off the pill. But I reall don’t want to get pregnant!

    Comment by Marian — May 21, 2012 @ 8:22 pm

  196. Dear Marian,

    Anytime you are not using protection, there is a very high chance you will get pregnant. So if you come off the pill, your chances of becoming pregnant from having unprotected sex is very high.

    Comment by Janine — May 22, 2012 @ 1:31 am

  197. Dear Curious,

    You can stop taking them now. Make sure you make an appointment with your doctor to go over the details on preparing your body for pregnancy and to find out how long you should wait after coming off the pill to start trying.

    Comment by Janine — May 22, 2012 @ 1:33 am

  198. Dear Jessica,

    This does sound normal. It most likely is from the missed pill.

    Comment by Janine — May 22, 2012 @ 1:35 am

  199. Dear Denise,

    I would recommend you stay off the pill for two more months to confirm that your periods will become more normalized.

    Comment by Janine — May 22, 2012 @ 1:37 am

  200. Well I have not had sex for a month. Wouldn’t I still be protected?

    Comment by Marian — May 22, 2012 @ 1:56 am

  201. hey. i’ve been taking birth control for 4 years now. last month, i forgot them a LOT. i had a lot of unprotected sex. well, i started having symptoms right before my period. (the same ones i had with my 4-year-old) ive taken several tests of several brands, all negative. ive been off my period for about 3 days. what do you think it could be?

    Comment by Brittany — May 23, 2012 @ 4:08 am

  202. also, i threw up this morning…..which is VERY rare

    Comment by Brittany — May 23, 2012 @ 4:40 am

  203. Dear Brittany,

    It may be too early to take a pregnancy test because you could have conceived sometime near the end of the month last month. Even though the earliest you can take a pregnancy is four days before your expected period, you may have conceived late last month (whenever you last had unprotected sex). I would advise you to go to a doctor to take a more accurate pregnancy test to rule out pregnancy.

    Comment by Janine — May 23, 2012 @ 6:28 am

  204. Dear Marian,

    As long as you are diligently taking the pill every day, around the same time every day, you should still be protected. When in doubt, use back up contraception (ie. condoms or spermicide).

    Comment by Janine — May 23, 2012 @ 6:29 am

  205. i quit my pills this month after the first 3. its now been 2 weeks since i started my last period. well i woke up this morning to some bright reddish pink spotting. once i cleaned it up, that was it. no more spotting. do you think its breakthrough bleeding or implantation bleeding?

    Comment by Curious — May 27, 2012 @ 9:23 pm

  206. Dear Curious,

    Which pill are you on? Some pills do have irregular bleeding as a side effect ie. Seasonique/Seasonale.

    Comment by Janine — May 28, 2012 @ 2:00 am

  207. ortho tri-cyclen but its the off brand. the kind that are all one color except the last week. it stopped for about 10 hours, then happened again, then stopped about 3 hours, then happened again.

    Comment by Curious — May 28, 2012 @ 7:46 am

  208. Dear Curious,

    If this bleeding continues on your next pack, make an appointment with your doctor to talk about other birth control options.

    Comment by Janine — May 29, 2012 @ 1:27 am

  209. well. i have a gyno appointment comin up now. but basically i quit my pills cuz were ready for a baby….took 3 out of this pack and stopped. im like 2 1/2 weeks into this month probably. the spotting is still continuing….still only happening every few hours….but im thinkin its the pills maybe. thanks for all ur help! its nice havin a page u can actually get answers from lol google has nothin on you. lol

    Comment by Curious — May 30, 2012 @ 12:53 am

  210. I stopped taking Yaz after my period in April 2012, after being on the pill for about 4 years. I’m not trying to conceive – I decided to get off the pill because of the health risks. I’ve used condoms with my boyfriend everytime we’ve had sex. I have yet to get my period without the pill. My boyfriend is worried that i’m pregnant because my period’s late (even though we’ve used condoms). Do I have anything to worry about? Should I take a pregnancy test, and if so, when?

    Comment by Elizabeth A. — May 30, 2012 @ 4:36 pm

  211. Dear Elizabeth,

    You can take a pregnancy test now just to be sure that you are not pregnant. It would help reduce the anxiety/stress (that may also be causing your period to be late) by finding out you are not pregnant. Once pregnancy is ruled out, you are most likely late because it takes up to 3 months for your body to get back to its own rhythm. You just have to be patient with your body.

    Comment by Janine — May 31, 2012 @ 1:31 am

  212. I have been taking my bc and skipping the placebo week (Dr. Approved, don’t worry) so this is almost the end of month 2. I’m doing this because if I wouldn’t, my period would fall on my wedding and I didn’t want that. Well the last 5 days I have been spotty, more dark mucus than blood (sorry if that is TMI), it is 2 weeks before my wedding should I stop taking my bc, have my period now to get it over with, and then start back up when it is finished?

    Comment by nicole — June 9, 2012 @ 9:29 pm

  213. Dear Nicole,

    Congratulations on getting married! Unwanted bleeding during the first 3 months of a new pill is very common. Usually the bleeding goes away during or after the 3rd pack. Chances of you still having a little breakthrough bleeding if you continue the pill is 50/50, but spotty bleeding is better than having a full blown period. You can stop taking the pill at the end of this pack and get the bleeding over with (definitely make sure you are using back up contraception ie. condoms or spermicide during this time) and then start the next pack later.

    Comment by Janine — June 11, 2012 @ 2:09 am

  214. I have been on the pill for 3 years, but recently (2 months ago) got off bc my boyfriend moved away.. After visiting him and having sex(a month ago), I had a small pregnancy scare so now he wants me to get back on the pill.. I dont want to wait until my period, bc I need it to get in my system ASAP.. Im wanting to know how long it will be until it does get into my system.. Please respond, Thank you!

    btw I still have a few pill packs left, bc I quit cold turkey.. so I want to start asap.

    Comment by Allie — June 11, 2012 @ 1:59 pm

  215. Dear Allie,

    Before you start the pack, you need to make sure you are not pregnant. Get a pregnancy test at a doctor’s office to confirm you are not pregnant. Once you have confirmed that you are not pregnant, you can start on the pill right away. I would recommend you use back up contraception during the first two weeks of starting the pill, just in case.

    Comment by Janine — June 12, 2012 @ 3:46 am

  216. Thank you so much! This may seem like a stupid question but I just got off my period a week ago and have not had sex since, should I still take one?

    Comment by Allie — June 12, 2012 @ 5:49 am

  217. Dear Allie,

    I would still recommend you to take one just in case. Better to be safe!

    Comment by Janine — June 12, 2012 @ 8:28 am

  218. I have just started a new slip of loestrin 20 after my 7 day break, I’m going on holiday in a few weeks would I be able to go straight another strip of tablets with 7 day break and still be protected

    Comment by Louise — June 13, 2012 @ 3:48 pm

  219. Dear Louise,

    Stay protected by staying on the pill. If you want to avoid your period while you are on vacation, you can continue to the next pack of pills without waiting for the say day break and when you get back, have your 7 day break then. This way you are just postponing your period. You can also have a 7 day break a week before you leave for vacation as well if you want.

    Comment by Janine — June 14, 2012 @ 1:13 am

  220. Please advise on this….
    I stopped the pill for about 10 days, and during that 10 days, it fell on the window period where the egg leaves the ovary… On the 8th day my husband and i did have sex, but then i started taking the pill again on the 11th day. Three days after i started the pill again, i have been getting period like cramps, but its still about 2 weeks until my next period. Could i be pregnant or could it be a more serious problem?
    Thank you.. :)

    Comment by Curious — June 17, 2012 @ 10:42 pm

  221. Dear Curious,

    In two weeks when you are supposed to get your period take a pregnancy test. If the test comes out positive, check in with your doctor and get a more accurate test done to confirm your pregnancy. If the test comes out negative, check in with your doctor if you are still getting cramps.

    Comment by Janine — June 18, 2012 @ 1:20 am

  222. Thanks so much!! I appreciate your reply :)

    Comment by Curious — June 18, 2012 @ 6:14 pm

  223. I’ve been on the pill (Aviane) for a month now and am currently on my period. My boyfriend and I want to have unprotected sex on Friday, which would only be about two or three days after the end of my period. Would I be protected or should we use a condom?

    Comment by Helps — June 27, 2012 @ 12:19 pm

  224. Dear Janine,

    I have been on birth control for a month now and am on my first period. My boyfriend and I want to have sex on Friday, which is 3 days after my period ended. I have taken the pill (Aviane) as directed and was wondering if I would get pregnant. I know there is a week long waiting period when starting the pill, but is there one after you’ve been on the pill and had your period?

    Comment by Haley — June 28, 2012 @ 12:34 am

  225. Dear Haley,

    If you have been diligently taking the pill every day around the same time each day for the first month, then you should be protected from pregnancy.

    Comment by Janine — June 28, 2012 @ 1:40 am

  226. I stopped the pill at the end of the pack 1 month ago. I had the usual period a few days after (in the sugar pill section which i did not take any of..)1 month later, I should have gotten my period Sunday or Monday.. I can feel some slight cramps..
    Is my body just adjusting?

    Comment by curious. — July 2, 2012 @ 7:33 pm

  227. Dear curious.

    Yes, your body is still adjusting. Usually it takes up to 3 months for your body to get back to its rhythm.

    Comment by Janine — July 3, 2012 @ 3:48 am

  228. Hi there!

    Very quick (maybe repetitive) question! I had been taking levlen bc pill for over 2 years. I stopped taking it on the 26th of June (mid way through the pack because I just couldnt handle the moodiness!) and started bleeding from the 1st of July till the 6th of July. on the 6th and 7th I had unprotected sex with my fiance and since then have been using the condom till today the 12th of July. this morning I saw a slight reddish brown discharge. Can you tell me what this could be please!?! I had also gone to the gym on the 10th when after running for 10 mins I got this immense pain in the lower stomach like period cramps and today on the 12th I have seen the bleeding. Could I be pregnant or is this my real period or anything else?!

    Comment by Swarna — July 11, 2012 @ 6:09 pm

  229. Dear Swarna,

    The best way to find out is to take a pregnancy test. You may have conceived when you had unprotected sex, or it can also just be your body going back to it’s own rhythm. Take a test and if it is negative, you are fine. If it is positive, make an appointment with your doctor and get a more accurate test to confirm the results.

    Comment by Janine — July 12, 2012 @ 1:27 am

  230. Hi
    I gave birth via c-section 3 months ago and had my tubes tied at the same time. At my 6 week check up I asked to be put on levora (it’s what I used before and had no problems) cause I didn’t want my period every month. 2 weeks ago I started spotting lightly and then it got heavier like a period. Then I started with the blood clots but only at night(I have no idea why just at night). I have 2 more weeks to go before I actually have a period. Im frustrated that the bleeding hasn’t stopped. My doctor says this is normal, to continue taking my birth control. Is this normal? Does this mean my hormones have to get back on track? Please advise so I can stop worrying. Thank you!

    Diane

    Comment by Diane — July 14, 2012 @ 5:19 pm

  231. Dear Diane,

    When you start levora again, your body is getting used to the hormones from the pill. The irregular bleeding may be a side effect which should subside by the third month. Stop worrying because the high stress levels can also contribute to the bleeding. By the third month, if you find the bleeding is not lighter or gone entirely, you should make an appointment to go see your doctor.

    Comment by Janine — July 16, 2012 @ 1:58 am

  232. Hello, last year I was on triquilar birth control pills, but I stopped taking them about 3 months later. I want to start taking birth controls again soon because I’m sexually active now.

    My question is, can I start taking the same brand of birth controls that I was prescribed last year? Or will I need a new brand?

    Comment by Aaliyah — July 16, 2012 @ 2:39 am

  233. I just finished my first pack of Yaz ever, and stopped after the last active pill 6 days ago. I didn’t get the withdrawal bleed that was supposed to come after the last active pill. Should I be worried?

    Since I only took 3 weeks worth of the active pills, will it be easier for my body to adjust to the stop?

    Thanks!

    Comment by Bono — July 16, 2012 @ 6:23 am

  234. Dear Aaliyah,

    I would advise you to speak to your doctor so see which pill he recommends for you.

    Comment by Janine — July 17, 2012 @ 5:04 am

  235. Dear Bono,

    Girls experience either irregular bleeding or no bleeding at all for the first 3 months of starting the pill. It normally takes up to 3 months for you body to get adjusted to the pill. Since you stopped so early, you may get your normal period next month, it all depends on your body and how it reacts to the changes from starting and stopping the pill. If you are still sexually active, I would advise you to use some form of contraception (ie. condoms, spermicide, patch, ring, etc) for protection.

    Comment by Janine — July 17, 2012 @ 5:08 am

  236. hey. i stopped takin my pills about 2 months ago. i had my first period 4 days late. im now 5 days late for this period (counting from my last one) with signs of pregnancy but i tested negative. one day about a week ago, i wiped and seen two small pink spots. it went away so i thought “yay maybe implantation”…..well the past day or so, ive had cm with a pinkish tint. but only sometimes, and not enough to leak out. what do you think is goin on?

    Comment by britt — July 20, 2012 @ 4:02 am

  237. Dear britt,

    When coming off the pill, you need to give your body a minimum of 3 months to get back into its rhythm. Depending how long it takes for your body to get back to its rhythm, you will have irregular periods.

    Comment by Janine — July 23, 2012 @ 1:32 am

  238. Dear Janine,

    I’ve been on the pill for a few months now, and I just had my period which lasted 7 days, but was 3 days late so I was “off the pill” for 10 days total. I start a new pack of Aviane tomorrow, but my boyfriend and I just had unprotected sex. Am I at risk of getting pregnant or am I ok so long as I restart the pill tomorrow?

    Comment by Lois — July 26, 2012 @ 12:16 pm

  239. Dear Lois,

    The sugar pills are there to remind you to take the pill every day. You are not supposed to stop the pill for any circumstances other than coming off the pill. Since you were off the pill for 10 days, your risk for pregnancy on the last three days of your 10 day pill free period is very high. If you had unprotected sex within 72 hours I would advise you to take Plan B to make sure you did not conceive during the time you had unprotected sex. If it was longer than 72 hours, then continue on the next pack as normal and wait for your period to come at the end of the pack. If it is late, take a pregnancy test.

    Comment by Janine — July 27, 2012 @ 2:56 am

  240. Dear Janine,

    Thanks for the advice! We weren’t able to get hold of Plan B so instead we used Aviane as an emergency contraceptive. I took five pills and the five more pills 12 hours later, as directed for use as emergency contraception. I took it at 9:30 pm, approximately 23 hours after we had sex. I was wondering how effective Aviane specifically is as an emergency contraceptive? I’ve heard it’s as effective as Plan B. Is it true or is it more or less effective?

    Comment by Lois — July 30, 2012 @ 1:34 pm

  241. Dear Janine,

    Thanks for the advice! My boyfriend and I were unable to obtain Plan B within enough time (couldn’t really afford it) so we read up and found out that Aviane could be used as EC. So, I took 5 pills of Aviane and then 5 more pills twelve hours later. I got very sick, but I wanted to make sure this really is as effective as Plan B. I’ve been googling, but I can’t find out the exact percentage of women who use Aviane as EC and don’t get pregnant. Do you know? Could you help put my mind at ease? Thanks!

    Comment by Lois — August 2, 2012 @ 12:15 am

  242. Dear Lois,

    In theory it would make sense, however, it would be difficult to determine the effectiveness. Since Aviane is not meant for emergency birth control it has not been studied for this purpose. For this reason we would not have effectiveness data.

    Comment by Janine — August 2, 2012 @ 1:48 am

  243. Hi so I’ve been on lo estrine 24 for about 2 years now but it has stopped keeping my periods regular so went to the doctor and she prescribed me sprintec. I finished my last pack of lo estrin but didn’t get my period so I haven’t started the sprintec yet.. I’m not worried at all about being pregnant but I’m just curious when I should start the new brand. I finished the pack last Friday and It is now been 6 days and haven’t got my period and am not sure if I wait til I get my period-which I really don’t want to do since I am going away to school in a week and would like to get this figured out before- or start it on this Sunday..

    Comment by Kiki — August 8, 2012 @ 4:23 pm

  244. I have been on birthcontrol for a month and got my period when I was supposed to that was the last week of July. Last monday on the 30th a started a new pack and stopped taking the pill this past Saturday, so I only took a week from the new pack, now I am heavily bleeding, how is this possible if i just got my period about a week ago? Should I be worried?

    Comment by Mireya — August 9, 2012 @ 8:33 am

  245. Dear Mireya,

    Once you stop taking the pill, you will bleed. If you are stopping the pill for good, just wait for the bleeding to stop.

    Comment by Janine — August 10, 2012 @ 12:58 am

  246. Dear Kiki,

    I would advise you to start taking it on Sunday.

    Comment by Janine — August 10, 2012 @ 1:24 am

  247. I started taking birth control on the first day of my period (usually a 28 day cycle)on July 30 and missed 3 pills (Aug4-6) because of a vacation.. i spotted starting on aug 6th for 2-3 days and doubled up the everyday for 3 days starting the 7th until 9th and took a pill on the 10th and stopped totally, so in total i only took 12 pills for that cycle. On aug 14-17th i bled, not too heavily but heavy enough to notice. So I am wondering if that was my period or another withdrawal bleed? I have had unprotected sex throughout the month so Could i be pregnant? Ive had bloating, extreme sleepiness, nausea, and sore breasts and am not sure if its too early to take a home pregnancy test.

    Comment by S.Canales — August 25, 2012 @ 8:07 am

  248. Dear S.Canales,

    The bleeding you had on Aug 14 – 17th is most likely withdrawal bleeding. Since you had unprotected sex throughout the month, chances of you becoming pregnant from one of those times is pretty high. The bloating, extreme sleepliness, nausea, and sore breasts are most likely the side effects of the pill. I would advise you to take a pregnancy test in a couple of weeks to find out if you are pregnant or not.

    Comment by Janine — August 27, 2012 @ 1:50 am

  249. Hi there, I have been taking bc pills but i stopped taking them for a week because i thought i was pregnant. But im not. So i started taking the bc pills again. How long do i have to wait to have sex again with out being afraid of becoming pregnant.

    Comment by Betzy — August 27, 2012 @ 7:48 am

  250. Dear Betzy,

    I would advise you to use back-up contraception for the next three weeks of being on the pill just to be safe.

    Comment by Janine — August 28, 2012 @ 1:05 am

  251. I stopped taking Levora in the middle of the pack on July 14th, then had a period that lasted about 5 days and then tried concieving as soo as my period ended. I took a pregnancy test two weeks later, then another one week after that and then had a doctors appointment and a pt there which was also negative, this was a two months ago and I still haven’t gotten a period back. Is it possible that I could’ve even gotten pregnant that soon after quitting the pill if I’d been on it for almost 4 years?
    Also if it’s any help I’m trying to concieve and would like to know if there’s any tips on doing that faster or if it’s even possible since my period is a wall. Finally, is there any way I can get my period back quicker?

    Comment by Abbey — September 6, 2012 @ 9:02 pm

  252. Dear Abbey,

    When girls are ready to come off the pill so they can have a baby, it is recommended they start trying 3 months after they have stopped the pill. It usually takes up to 3 months for your body to get back into it’s own rhythm so hopefully by next month or the month after you would get your period. It is possible for you to conceive as soon as you come off the pill, but this does not happen to everybody. I would advise you speak to your doctor about ways to help you conceive. He/she should be able to give you some tips on getting pregnant.

    Comment by Janine — September 7, 2012 @ 1:05 am

  253. Hi..

    I want to ask coz I’m kinda worried..
    Bcoz I started takng pills last decmber den stopped by march..
    By april I had my menstration normal but in may til june I was delayed .no sex at all..
    So by the month of june I try takng bcp and so my period came.
    I take pills agen from july till august.
    My last mens was 2nd wik of august
    So I am expectng my period dis week but I am worried coz I never take pills anymore after my last period den had sex last week without any contraceptives..

    But I am always having alcohol(beer) almost everynight..
    Is der still a tendency I get pregnant??
    Pls help

    Comment by ashley — September 9, 2012 @ 3:32 am

  254. Dear ashley,

    Whenever you are having unprotected sex and is not using any protection at all you are at risk for pregnancy. I would advise you to use contraception ie. (condoms, the pill, the shot, the patch, iud, implant, etc) if you are having sex on a regular basis. If you think you are pregnant, take a pregnancy test in the next two weeks.

    Comment by Janine — September 10, 2012 @ 1:25 am

  255. Hello. I started lo loestrin fe about 4 weeks postpartum. I had some bleeding prior to that, but was not sure it was my actual period. My obgyn said to go ahead and start the pack regardless. Therefore I started them on a random weekday. After taking the pill I began basically having a period every other week for a while. Heavy with lots of body aches and cramping. The month of July was my last pack. I didn’t have a refill so by the time the pharmacy contacted my doctor it had been probably 3 weeks before I began them again.y husband and I had sex August 14 and August 17. I do not remember bleeding even in July as it seems the every other week thing had lessened. I’ve never been regular and it took 3 years of being off the pill before I got pregnant this last time. I still haven’t had a period an am on the 3rd week of the new pack. Is there a possibility I could be pregnant? Or a high possibility I should say? I took a test last week but it was negative. Tho I realize this could be too soon. Any thoughts???? Thank you, Melissa

    Comment by Melissa — September 12, 2012 @ 2:25 am

  256. Dear Melissa,

    If it has been a month since you had sex and the test you took last week is negative, you are most likely not pregnant. Continue taking the pill as you normally would. Once you have been on the pill for more than 3 months continuously, you should get your period again. If you still didn’t get your period, talk to your doctor. I highly advise you to get your doctor to write your prescriptions for 3 months at a time so you won’t run out of pills.

    Comment by Janine — September 13, 2012 @ 1:28 am

  257. Thank you for your response. I happened to take another test this morning bc I’m so anxious. The first line appeared before the urine even reached the control window. So fast that I questioned a false positive. The test was as positive as it could be.

    Comment by Melissa — September 13, 2012 @ 2:37 am

  258. I ran out of birth control pills so I have been off the pill for one month but just got more pills and want to go back on the pill, do I have to wait until I get a period before I can start the pills again? I read that my period may not come because I was off the pill for a few weeks? Sunday will be one month from when my pack ran out, should I start taking pills again then when I normally would be starting a new pack if I hadn’t run out? Is it harmful to start the pills without having a period before?

    Comment by Jade — September 13, 2012 @ 2:59 am

  259. Hi Melissa,

    I would advise you to go to the doctor to get a more accurate test done. The doctor would be able to tell you if you are pregnant or not.

    Comment by Janine — September 14, 2012 @ 1:55 am

  260. Dear Jade,

    Making sure you have your period before you start the pill ensures that you are not pregnant before you start the pill and so that you will always get your period around that same time of the month. I would advise you to take a pregnancy test first to confirm you are not pregnant. Once confirmed, you can start the pill whenever you want.

    Comment by Janine — September 14, 2012 @ 2:26 am

  261. I came off the pill 3 weeks ago (after completing a pack) and had the normal break period. I didn’t start taking it again the following week as I planned to stop taking it completely. In the past 2 weeks me and my boyfriend have had unprotected sex a few times but he has “pulled out”. Since the normal bleed at the end of my packet 3 weeks ago, I have had no other breakthrough period.. will my period come in a weeks time? (the usual time if I had started another pack) or is there a possibility I am pregnant? I’ve been getting really bad lower back ache and my nipples hurt but I guess these could also be sign my period is due

    Comment by boo — September 25, 2012 @ 5:05 am

  262. Dear boo,

    Whenever you have unprotected sex, chances of you becoming pregnant is high. Wait for your period to come next week. If it doesn’t come take a pregnancy test. If you plan on staying off the pill but is still having unprotected sex and not wanting to become pregnant, I would advise you to use some form of contraception (ie. condoms, iud, patch, implant, etc). Speak to your doctor about what other birth control options are available to you other than the pill.

    Comment by Janine — September 26, 2012 @ 1:00 am

  263. Hi, I have been on birth control for over 5 years now. My boyfriend and I had unprotected sex and then a week later I stopped birth control in mid pack, i had a week break then continued taking it, it has been 5 weeks since our unprotected sex session and have taken numerous pregnancy tests the past 2 weeks, all showing up negative? Please help!!!!

    Comment by Hannah123 — September 27, 2012 @ 4:02 am

  264. Dear Hannah123,

    When you had unprotected sex, you were still protected with the pill. Are you experiencing pregnancy symptoms? They could be from going off the pill and now back on the pill. Your body may have been confused with the hormones when you came off and then back on the pill.

    Comment by Janine — September 28, 2012 @ 2:43 am

  265. Could it be showing a false negative?!

    Comment by Hannah123 — September 28, 2012 @ 4:05 am

  266. My left nipple is tender but I’m not sure if it is because I’ve been checking it every two seconds and I have had mild cramps but that is about it. I have read so much about false negatives that I have completely scared myself stupid. I heard sperm can stay alive still 4 days after unprotected sex so that’s why I am freaking out as I stopped the pill a week later! Sorry I am such a paranoid person, I did 3 days ago and still negative

    Comment by Hannah123 — September 28, 2012 @ 4:08 am

  267. I have one tender nipple and a few cramps but that is about it. I heard sperm can last for upto a week after so I am now stressing myself stupid because I stopped a week later. I did a test 3 days ago and it is still negative but I have heard about so many false negatives.

    Comment by Hannah123 — September 28, 2012 @ 4:21 am

  268. Dear Hannah123,

    Since it has been at least 5 weeks since you had unprotected sex and your recent pregnancy test you took 3 days ago says it is negative, I am pretty sure you are not pregnant. The tenderness from your nipples can be a side effect from starting the pill again and stress. If you want an accurate test done to make sure you are not pregnant, make an appointment with your doctor to get a pregnancy test. This way you would know for sure whether you are pregnant or not.

    Comment by Janine — October 1, 2012 @ 1:41 am

  269. I stopped taking my birth control pills after the last day of my sugar pill, which my last sugar pill was on Saturday the 17th. I had started my period the 14th and still took the sugar pills all the way until pack was empty. I had no bleeding at all monday meaning my period was over. I have not taken any birth control at all Sunday Monday or today. But this evening around 11:00 I noticed I was spotting. I have not had sex at all either. Is this normal after stopping birth control? How long will I bleed for? Please help! Thanks!

    Also I didn’t stop by choice, my insurance blocked me from refilling scripts at retail stores and made me get them mailed in. So I’m pretty much having to wait until they give me my script. which is so stupid! So when they come in when should I start taking them again?

    Comment by Hope — November 20, 2012 @ 10:12 pm

  270. Dear Hope,

    The spotting can be from your body getting back to it’s normal rhythm. It takes your body up to 3 months to go back to it’s normal rhythm. When you do receive your next package of birth control pills, take them on the first Sunday of your period.

    Comment by Janine — November 21, 2012 @ 10:58 am

  271. Ive been on the pill for a year and i decided to stop last month because i was spotting for a week before my period started. Now its been 3 weeks andi started spotting again after 22 days off the pill. Im experiencing fatigue as well for 3 days now and i had unprotected sex with withdrawal five days prior to expriencing spotting. Spotting has been going on for abt 3 days now. I want to go back into taking the pill cuz im scared of menstrual cramps and my period has always been irregular and of cours i dont want to get pregnant yet. When can i start taking it again?

    Comment by Lonelyplanet — December 8, 2012 @ 2:43 pm

  272. Dear Lonelyplanet,

    If you stopped taking the pill the first time because you had started spotting when your are not supposed to, then I would advise you to talk to your doctor about prescribing you to a higher dose birth control pill. Make an appointment with your doctor to talk to him/her about changing to a higher dose pill and also to take a pregnancy test to confirm you are not pregnant before starting on the new pill.

    Comment by Janine — December 10, 2012 @ 4:28 am

  273. My regular date for periods is sequenced in betwwen 20th to 22nd of every month, i had sex with my boyfriend on 29th of the last month at that time i had been passed through th periods process. In this month i should have same dates of periods but somehow 3 days have been passed but there is no indication. I never used any pills and its not possible for me to consult any doctor. Can you please help me in taking pills, which pills i have to use or i have to wait?

    Many Thanks,

    Comment by Anunmoyous — December 25, 2012 @ 1:52 am

  274. Dear Anunmoyous,

    I would advise you to take a pregnancy test to see if you are pregnant. Good luck!

    Comment by Janine — December 26, 2012 @ 2:16 am

  275. I stopped taking the pill about 2 months ago. After stopping the pill, I got my period at the time that I normally did while taking the pills. Everything was regular. I should have gotten my period two days ago, though, but it hasn’t came. Idk what’s going on. Idk if it’s that post-pill amenorrhea or not.. I’m really getting kind of scared.

    Comment by Stefanie — December 27, 2012 @ 2:17 pm

  276. Dear Stefanie,

    Sounds like your body may be getting back to it’s own rhythm and this usually takes up to 3 months, or if you are still sexually active you may be pregnant. I would advise you to take a pregnancy test.

    Comment by Janine — December 27, 2012 @ 10:57 pm

  277. I stopped taking the pill in 4 months ago and everything was normal. I got my last period on January 6th but I had unprotected sex on the 5th so on the 6th I still went to get Plan B. I’ve decided I want to go back on the pill. When should I start?

    Comment by Ashley — January 7, 2013 @ 10:10 am

  278. Dear Ashley,

    Talk to your doctor to get a pregnancy test to confirm you are not pregnant. Once confirmed, get a prescription for birth control pills and start taking it the Sunday of your next period or whenever your doctor advises you to start taking it.

    Comment by Janine — January 8, 2013 @ 2:52 am

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