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beautifulS0LE
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Last month my period came about two weeks late and I began taking my birth control pills when it came. My period has come back but this time on its normal schedule (the 2nd/3rd week of every month). My question is, how will my BC affect my period? Will it make the pill less effective?
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When you get withdrawal bleeds -- once you start a combination pill, you no longer have periods, technically -- has zip to do with the effectiveness of your pill.

And over the next couple cycles, your withdrawal blled should ctach up to where it's supposed to be with your pill, when you take your placebos.

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Oh okay. So it's okay that my withdrawl bleed isn't at the time of my placebos? I'm not quite sure how my body reacts to the pills yet
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Even when a person starts the pill with a period that was when it was expected, it's typical for bleeding not to be on time with the placebos for a couple cycles.

If it's not happening within the placebo period within three pill packs or so (and since your period was funky, in your case, maybe even a couple extra), then it's worth checking in with your doc, but otherwise, it's nothing to worry about for now.

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Thank you so much for your reply!
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