thank you! but this bleeding/spotting has never happened to me before. i have taken my birth control a few hours late before but not 12 hours..i usually take it right on time everyday.. iam not sure what it is or what to do /: i have been looking on the internet but there are tons of different answers. it seems to be lightening up and is now tan..
okay. so should i just wait and see if i miss my next period? and whatever this is, its normal for it to last around 4 or so days?
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I agree completely with the above answer but would ad that you should take a home pregnancy test today and again In a few days. If these are negative you can take comfort in this. If positive you should contact your OBGYN and stop the pills immediately. It is highly unlikely that you got pregnant from the most recent encounter but people CAN get pregnant on birth control pills so the possibility of a pregnancy from a prior encounter, even with pills taken correctly, is there, but remote.
If there is no more bleeding and no more pain and the tests are negative you can simply wait for your next period.
Any acute pain in the abdomen, especially if accompanied by bleeding, should be evaluated immediately as this could represent an ectopic pregnancy, HIGHLY UNLIKELY AND NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE WITH NEGATIVE HOME PREGNANCY TESTS, but theoretically possible.
Odds are WAY in your favor that this is simply breakthrough bleeding as described above, but adding a couple of home pregnancy tests will go a long way to making sure this is all that is going on.
I am standing by if you have further questions for me.
if i took a test today wouldnt it be too early ? the earliest i thought a test could tell was six days before your missed period? i am not due for a period until around the 26th or so.. and also i am taking my birth control pills right on time again but had unprotected sex yesterday also..could that effect anything?
honestly i understand your concern and you are right, taking the test today would not help IF a pregnancy were to result from the interaction you had with your boyfriend a few days ago. missing one pill for a few hours is not suddenly going to make you fertile.
my point is that even taking the pills correctly there is a failure rate of about 1% so taking the test still makes sense given your slight bleeding episode.
as the first expert explained almost certainly this was harmless breakthrough bleeding.
i am approaching this from the perspective of an ER doctor... we ALWAYS want to rule out the most concerning possible diagnosis, which would be an undetected pregnancy with bleeding.
does this make sense?
as to the recent sexual encounter this does not impact my answer.
standing by if you have further questions.
yes i understand..so is this just all in my head then? should i take a test or no because it is unlikely? and if so when should i take it then?
even if you had not missed your pill by twelve hours i would check a pregnancy test. take one in the morning, the first morning urine is the most accurate.
and it's not 'all in your head'.... obviously you had real bleeding mid cycle.... but it is, almost certainly, nothing to worry about, though i completely understand your anxiety over this issue.
placing a call to your prescribing physician's nurse would also be advisable. you might be more reassured by talking to your own nurse/doctor.
take the test tomorrow morning or wait until a week before my next period?
I think you should take it tomorrow morning. When negative and without symptoms you can safely wait for your next period.
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what type of birth control pill were you taking?
how long have you been on it?
Dr. Pfeiffer Ob/Gyn
sprintec, and not sure.. a year and a half? maybe two?
and you were 12 hours late taking one pill.
did you miss any pills at all?
when you had intercourse, what week (of the pill) did this happen?
i didnt miss any pills at all but i took one pill 12 hours late and thats what happened. and im pretty sure it was the end of the first week?
Personally I wouldn't worry about it.
Perfect use of the pill is the same time each day, but most women take the pill each day...very few take it the same time.
Extremely unlikely you are pregnant from this.
I would continue your pill as normal and if you miss your period at the end of your next pack, take a pregnancy test.
why cant i stop thinking about it then? /:
That's a personal question that I can't answer for you.
Chances are you are not going to stop thinking about it until 1) you have a period or 2) you have a negative pregnancy test.
The soonest you can get a pregnancy test that is reliable is 11 days after sex and it MUST be a blood test.
I don't recommend taking a urine pregnancy test until you miss your period (if you do).
its like i do but dont.
Hello,Thanks for using Just Answer. I agree with Dr. Pfeiffer. The odds of being pregnant are extremely remote. All you can do is wait until after Christmas and if you don't get your period take a pregnancy test.
Being a little anxious is understandable, but you really don't have a lot to be worried about. Being a few hours late when you take the oral contraceptive faithfully is not that big a deal. Skipping pills altogether is though. Birth control pills have an excellent success record when taken daily as prescribed. Failure rate is under 1%. That leaves very little to worry about.
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when im hungry and eat i seem to get full really fast and i feel bloated sometimes and i am gassy.. am i thinking too hard and making this happen? ya know what i mean?
most likely this is due to hormones or perhaps even illness.
yes, I think you are over thinking this.
so those are not pregnancy symptoms?
no. not necessarily.
we typically don't see women with pregnancy symptoms like nausea, vomiting, bloating, breast tenderness until 6-10 weeks or so.
i dont have those symptoms..the symptoms im having are gassiness, having to go #2 a lot more than normal, after i eat i feel fatter (like bloated), and a little bit of cramping/stomach aches?
that could be a simple GI virus....or it can be due to a gall bladder problem as well.
and dry mouth also..
usually from dehydration and some cough or nasal decongestant medications.
The stomach issues as well as dry mouth can be caused by stress which you are obviously experiencing as a result of worrying about being possibly pregnant. This stress will cause all of the symptoms you describe as it causes more stomach acid to be produced which can be very irritating to tissues in the body and can result in GERD if the stress is not reduced. When did these symptoms begin? Do you still have your gallbladder or was it removed?
i still have it and i am not sure wednesday, thursday.. which was when i was ovulating i think?
no chance at all of being pregnant?