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I've been on the pill for a few years now, but two months ago I changed brands to a slightly lower dose (30 mcg of Ethinyl Estradiol as opposed to the previous pill's 35mcg). After a month on the lower dose pill, I decided to change back to my usual Tri Sprintec (35mcg). I have a few questions regarding risks in my scenario:
I had [protected] sex during my withdrawal bleed last month (on the other brand of pills) and have since been feeling strange (nausea, breast tenderness, etc). Was I protected during the inactive pills? I took a pregnancy test today (26 days since sex) and it was negative. Can I presume that the test is accurate, and that I am not in fact pregnant?
Additionally, would it be possible to get pregnant after performing oral sex? I'm worried that my hand may have come in contact near the outside of my vagina a few minutes after giving oral. Since I changed pill brands this month (but take the pill every single day at the same time), could I be at risk from pregnancy from oral sex?

I know this is a lot of questions, I'm sorry. I'd really appreciate some input.

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As long as you have taken all of your pills correctly before your withdrawal bleed, and continue to do so afterwards, your risk of pregnancy is as low as it would be at any other time during your pill pack. Since you've taken a pregnancy test well after this happened and gotten a negative result, you can assume you are not pregnant. It's possible your symptoms are due to switching back to your original type of pill with a slightly higher dose of hormones.

As for pregnancy risks from oral sex, no, there would not be a risk. The issue with oral sex is STIs, not pregnancy, regardless of whether you are on the pill or not.

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Ok thank you. However, I began spotting yesterday and it's continued through to today. I'm supposed to get my period tomorrow. Is this normal? Should i be concerned?
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Spotting for several days before your period, particularly given that you've switch pill types, is completely normal.
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