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I have been on continuous birth control my 3rd month. Last

I have been on continuous birth control for entering my 3rd month. Last week I started break through bleeding and now realize this is a common side effect. It's very light spotting but it won't stop -- which I've read is common in the first 6 months . I want to go back to my regular schedule of 21 active pills 7 inactive. My question is ..... I know my period will start when I stop taking pills in 2 or 3 days. Should I start a new pack when my period starts or wait 7 days like I normally would? What is best?

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Birth control question: Im 36 yrs old and take Tricycline.

Birth control question:Im 36 yrs old and take Tricycline. Ive been using it on and off for over 10 years. Recently Ive been on it for the last 4 months.I try taking my pills between 12-4p daily.Last tues (wk 3 in my pill pack) I had some light spotting, which sometimes happens. Myself and my bf had intercourse on tues, friday and sat of last week.Last Wednesday I fell asleep and took my pill thurs at 6a. And then last Sat I remembered to take my last pill at midnight.Normally my period start either tuesday midday, or very strongly wed am. Tuesday night after no sign of it appearing, I had a strong urge to take a generic form of Plan B as I was worried. I've taken plan b once before but not this generic brand.My period is now 1-1.5 days over due which is extremely unusual. In fact, I have normal discharge.So a few questions:A) Should I expect my period still this cycle?B) Should I start my new pill pack as per usual this Sunday?C) I'm expected to be out of town for a business trip and networking this Sunday: should I seek out a GP appointment before I leave?D) Should I take a pregnancy test, if so, when?Many thanks in advance. I'm sure my worrying isn't helping the situation!

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At my pharmacy at CVS they said I'll be protected from

At my pharmacy at CVS they said I'll be protected from pregnancy by using my birth control pills (a low dose combination pill substituded for Alesse) even though I have had diarrhea caused by a trip outside of the country. She said it was because the pill absorbes quickly (30 min). And I protected from pregnancy or should I used a back up method

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Breakthrough or implantation? My boyfriend & I had sex on

Breakthrough or implantation?My boyfriend & I had sex on Fri July 7th. I Have been taking birth control pills (Chateal). That was my last active week of pills. I missed the last 2 active pills, but per the pills instructions, I took 2 on the day I remembered (Sun July 10) & then continued the new pack (Sunday start). Skipping the "off week" of inactive pills. I did not get a period which should have started that week (July 10-16), have continued the new pack of pills as normal. Wondering if it was possible to have ovulated &/or become pregnant. I am currently experiencing bleeding that resembles the start of a period but perhaps it is implantation? When is the soonest a home pregnancy test wouldBe reliable? Thanks.

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I have been having irregular bleeding a year now. My gyn is

Hi Pearl, I have been having irregular bleeding for over a year now. My gyn is aware. He had put me on progesterone in past but didn't help. I am 39 yrs old and had a tubal ligation 12/2014 during my csection.JA: Have you seen a doctor about this yet? What medications are you taking?Customer: my question is, my period started July 2 and I bled regular red flow for 5 days but I have been spotting light pink/brown since with cramping. Should I be concerned? I am only taking my Epilepsy medicine.JA: How long have you been dealing with this issue? Are you in any pain?Customer: I have been having irregular bleeding for over a year but this month seems worse. It's not excruciating pain but it feels like PMS symptoms? Last night at bedtime I had terrible cramping in my lower groin/ pelvis area but it isn't as bad todayJA: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?Customer: I do have Sjogrens. Diagnosed in December 2015. Thanks for listening😊

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Wow, Yeah - I'm in a new relationship and still waiting to

Wow hiJA: Hi. How can we be of help?Customer: Yeah - I'm in a new relationship and still waiting to get on regular birth control, so we've been using condoms but then I have also taken Plan B and I'm worried I took it too much in an attempt to make sure not to get pregnant.JA: Have you been keeping a personal medical record?Customer: I'll be getting on NuvaRing again next month.JA: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?Customer: I've also been smoking cigarettes lately Can you explain this site a little more for me?

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I am having breakthrough bleeding on birth control. I've

I am having breakthrough bleeding on birth control. I've been on it for two years. I have been taking it closer to 10 years but took two years off while trying to get pregnant. We had one miscarriage but no other pregnancies so after two years I went back on the pill to help with cramps. I started having breakthrough bleeding on the last week of the pill. It is very dark brown and has tissue but not clots. It has been about 4-5 days and I don't know if I should be concerned.JA: Sounds as though you might have some questions about pregnancy - you've come to the right place. The OB/GYNs we work with are available 24/7 to get you the answers you need.Customer: I highly doubt it is pregnancy related as I was unable to conceive off the pill. I am married so I have had the same partner for the last 10 years. I am 31 and my last pap was normal. It was done in December.JA: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?Customer: I take magnesium daily, I also take Imitrex and Fioricet as needed for migraines.JA: OK. Got it. I'm sending you to a secure page on JustAnswer so you can place the $5 fully-refundable deposit now. While you're filling out that form, I'll tell the Gynecologist about your situation and then connect you two.

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If a woman wants to be an egg donor and she is currently on

If a woman wants to be an egg donor and she is currently on birth control pills, how long does she have to discontinue the birth control pills before being able to start the IVF cycle to donate eggs?

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I had a MC, and a d&c on 6/18. I am curious as to when I can

I had a MC, and a d&c on 6/18. I am curious as to when I can expect my period? I was given BC pills, but assumed I had to wait until my period to take them. Upon further research, I see that you can start them anytime. I am worried this will cause further confusion to my body if taken midcycle. I have been spotting brown since yesterday...can this be a sign of a period to come?

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