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aware1213
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Hello, I have a question regarding my period. I've been on Junel for several months now and have never skipped a pill or been late taking one. I take it at 9 every night(give or take a few minutes). I've been really stressed this month, a lot has happened including my cat dying a sudden death and me getting very sick. I got my period this morning or at least I think I did? It's mostly light brown with a small amount of normal blood and two or three small chunks (gross, sorry) of what I've been told is my uterine lining(I've always shed my lining like this). I had very heavy periods before I began birth control last October(switched to Junel a few months ago), and since taking birth control my periods have usually been around 2-4 days. Can stress make my period lighter and this strange? I'm a very anxious person and google bringing up "early pregnancy" hasn't helped much(I take my pill at the same time every night, we use condoms and I haven't taken any antibiotics). Should I still worry about pregnancy or is it just stess making my period act oddly?
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Redskies
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I'm very sorry to hear about your cat.

Illness and stress can cause changes to the menstrual cycle, yes. Periods (or withdrawal bleeds, which is technically what you have on the pill) can also vary sometimes for no apparent reason. Bleeding being a little different to normal is no cause for concern.

Per pregnancy worries, you're using two methods of contraception: the pill and condoms. That given, the chance of pregnancy is absolutely minuscule, and is highly unlikely to be the cause of any changes or symptoms you're noticing in your body.

We strongly suggest not googling symptoms! There's a lot of inaccurate "information" on the net, and it's pretty much guaranteed to freak out even the least anxious person in the world [Smile]

What would help you be less worried? For example, do you feel like you have good information about the high level of protection from pregnancy that the pill and condoms give you? Do you feel comfortable with the very, very tiny chance of pregnancy, or might you feel better only doing things that have no pregnancy risk? Or maybe just staying away from Dr Google [Smile] ?

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aware1213
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Dr. Google is not a very good doctor. I was just concerned because I've never had a light period before. I currently have a sinus infection and my GERD/IBS is acting up which is making me anxious so I feel absolutely terrible. I'm just really sick, stressed out and needed some reassurance that everything's okay. I've done my best to make sure I'm educated about my birth control and chances of pregnancy, but anxiety kicks my butt sometimes. Thank you.
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Redskies
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You're very welcome. I really hope you feel better soon!

Do you feel like you have enough mental health support and information to help you manage your anxiety?

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Thank you. Yes, I see a psychiatrist once a month to get help for my anxiety and panic attacks. My boyfriend is also very supportive when it comes to my anxiety. This month has just been really hard on me so my anxiety is really bad. I'm usually a lot calmer.
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I see. Anxiety can certainly ramp up when other hard things are going on, so do take extra-good care of yourself [Smile]

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