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karilimeade
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I was wondering, when taking the pill can a period get consistently lighter? When I first started taking the pill I had a shorter period but it was still a regular flow for me. And then eventually I noticed it was a tad lighter. Now I have been taking it for eight months now and it's a lot lighter. Like I have to leave a tampon in for the full 6 to 8 hours and sometimes it's still not full.

My period was supposed to start yesterday. Usually it starts in the morning but nothing happened so i took a hpt and it was negative. around 5 in the after noon I started cramping and there was some blood. Then I was still kinda iffy because it was soo light. I waited five hours to use the bathroom and took another test that was also negative. So is it Ohkay that my period is getting reallly light.

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Withdrawal bleeds that are lighter and shorter than menstrual periods is a very common side effect of combined hormonal contraceptives.

Not everyone has that side effect, but a whole lot of people do.

Just FYI with tampons, you're really supposed to change them more often than 8 hours, and not only change them when they're full. Changing them often (every few hours, ideally) is the ticket to avoiding TSS. It's fairly rare now, but still, it's serious, one wants to avoid it, and leaving tampons in for a long time is the biggest reason why it happens.

OTOH, menstrual cups can safely be left in that long, so they might be worth considering for you now.

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Ohkay well good to know thank you [Smile]
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Also, you can use a lighter absorbancy so that you're able to change the tampon more frequently.

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Heather
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(Well, you can change any absorbency of tampon as often as you want. It's not like a higher absorbency makes it so you can't.)

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