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Rahrah
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I track my periods online at mymonthlycycles.com because my husband and I want another baby a little down the road. I have been on Orthotri cyclen lo for about 6 months now. According to the site I should have ovulated on the 13th. But since Im on the pill I didn't ovulate right? My husband and I went out of town for the weekend. Long story short I almost missed 3 pills. I lost 2 so I only took the one. We had sex all weekend. I am freaking out. Should I be worried about being pregnant?
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Since cycles are incredibly individual and vary from person to person and month to month, online calculators are incredibly unreliable. If you really wanted to start tracking your cycles, you should look into something like FAM:
Get With the Flow: All About FAM

But all of this is a moot point for you right now, as you are on the pill: the pill prevents ovulation, and thus you DO NOT have anything resembling a regular monthly cycle.

With the pill, it's usually alright to take one pill late in a cycle without compromising your protection, but if you miss two or more, you're looking at a possible decrease in protection. Unfortunately, we cannot tell you exactly how big your risk may have been. But it's safe to say that there is a possible risk, so if you absolutely don't want to become pregnant right now, you might want to think about taking EC, which can be effective for up to 120 hours after the risk.

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Johanna
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Rahrah
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This morning when I woke up I was bleeding. Not heavy like a period but not really light like spotting. Is that bad?
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Spotting, or breakthrough bleeding, isn't all that unusual if you've been taking your pills erratically. So just keep taking your pills (and try to take them on time from now on!).

Have you thought about EC? Either way, you can take a pregnancy test at 10-14 days after the risk, or on the first day of a missed period/withdrawal bleed.

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Johanna
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Rahrah
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I have been bleeding since I originally posted on the 18th. Im starting to get a little worried. I stopped bleeding for about a day then started right back up again. Should I call my doctor? Could messing up with my BC have hurt me?
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