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fairytalebride
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Initially, before starting Marvelon in October 2009, my period came about every 26 days. I counted forward to our wedding date in August 2011 and realized I would have my period on our wedding/honeymoon.

So, rather than starting the first pack of Marvelon on the first day of my period or on the Sunday for a Sunday-start... I counted out on a calendar when I would want my period to fall after the wedding/honeymoon... and the counted backwards and then started the first pack in the middle of my normal cycle.. I think like a week or 2 before I would have gotten my normal period.

I know I could have started when I was 'supposed to' and then just used 2 packs back-to-back to skip a period, but this seemed like a more planned out way of doing it and I wanted to avoid the possibility of break-through bleeding.

What I am wondering though, is whether it was okay for me to do this? I feel like sometimes, even though I am on an active pill week, say the 3rd week, I feel like I should be on my period - I guess that would have been the natural 26 day cycle - but I am not cause of the pill...

Is it okay to have done this efficacy wise?

Now that I have been on it for 5 packs worth... it should have changed my cycle to make this the new normal, right? Like, by the time we do have sex in August - it will be efficacious despite the fact that I didn't do a first-day or Sunday start?

I hope that makes sense...

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Karybu
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There's nothing wrong with starting mid-cycle, save that you do need to be sure to use a backup method for the first full pack, and there's a slightly higher chance of breakthrough bleeding if you don't do a first day or Sunday start. Since you've been on it for more than a month, though, you're just fine in terms of efficacy as long as you continue to take your pills properly.

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fairytalebride
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Thank you for the response.

Is that increased chance of breakthrough bleeding done now that I have been on it for several months?

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Stephanie_1
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Most likely changes of breakthrough having been on it several months would lessen, though with the pill in general breakthrough bleeding can occur from time to time.

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fairytalebride
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Thank you so much!

:-)

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Welcome

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