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I am on the birth control Microgestin Fe. I am usually very

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I am on the birth control Microgestin Fe. I am usually very regular on my period. Last month I got my period, but it was very light. This month, I haven't gotten my period at all. I have had sex in between, but we used a condom. I am worried because I have never skipped a period before. Is this normal?


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Customer: replied 7 months ago.
Sounds good
Customer: replied 7 months ago.
Where is the explanation?

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Customer: replied 7 months ago.
That is fine! I wasn't sure how this worked for sure!

no worries :)

Customer: replied 7 months ago.
Is there somewhere that I need to click for my answer or are you typing it?

The most important consideration here is whether you could be pregnant or not. That is the most impactful source of a loss of an expected period. If that is taken "off of the table" so to speak, then hormonal variability is the most likely cause of your lost period. When you're starting new contraception, there can be a bit of a "pattern shift" to the body's hormone balances, and the uterus can get mixed signals, which end up causing a missed period, primarily because the hormones create a biological clock, which gets shifted as the hormones change. There are certainly other causes for a shift in that clock, which include the hormones that change with changes in daily stressors or exertional activities like vigorous exercise

Can you think of anything besides the microgesin Fe that has changed recently? New stressors? New physical or emotional activities?

Customer: replied 7 months ago.
I did take a few pregnancy test last month and they were all negative. I haven't had any pregnancy symptoms other than frequent urination. I have been on this birth control for a few years.
Customer: replied 7 months ago.
I have probably been stressed because of college or work maybe. But I can't think of like an exact thing I would have been stressed about. I just moved into a new house. But that's about it.

Fantastic news about the pregnancy testing! Good for you. Well! a new house, college and work are all (each on their own) reasonable explanations. all together..... almost a certainty.

You may be a superwoman, but your body is still human, remember!

that is an impressive load of work and change!

Customer: replied 7 months ago.
Should I continue taking my birth control pills as normal and rule out pregnancy? Also when should I go to the doctor for this?

I would continue taking birth control pills, and yes, it's safe to rule out pregnancy with your negative tests. I would say if you don't have a period in the next 2 months' cycles, that would be time to see a doctor.

On the other hand, of course, if your body sends you signals that something is not right, you should always feel welcome in a doctor's office with questions or concerns.

Customer: replied 7 months ago.
Alright thank you! That makes me feel at ease!


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