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Heather
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Sarah pinged me on this VERY well done explantion on the differences between the regular menstrual cycle and the monthly cycle on the pill, found in text-only format here -- http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/pill/sfeature/sf_cycle_text.html -- and in flash format here -- http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/pill/sfeature/pop_cycle.html

It's very well done. We get a LOT of questions from people not understtanding the difference, so if you're unclear (and this would hold true essentially with most hormonal methods), this is the best detailed explanation I've seen.

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jellybelly083
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hey miz scarteen thanks for the reply that webpage kinda explained everything pretty clearly, here is another question....tomrorow is my last placebo pill for my first cycle of pills...the spotting has stopped but Im not sure if I really got my period, maybe the spotting was partially my period because it last for awhile and at times it was really light and at other times very heavy, but today there has been no spotting or anything...and monday i start my 2nd active pack?
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whoops i had 2 windos open at the same time and i didnt even realize it i meant to post this under my bcp thread sorry but if you would like to answer my question anyways sorry about the confussion
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KittenGoddess
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Yes, start your new active pack just the way you're supposed to.

It may take your body a couple of cycles to really get used to the hormones and regulate out. So not having a "real period" this month isn't that strange (unless you've had a pregnancy risk, in which case you should test, ASAP). If you're still experiencing just spotting next month, then you should call the person who prescribed the pills for you and ask about it.

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jellybelly083
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hey thanks for all the help
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sillygirl182
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Someone should add this link to the Sexual Health/Sex Basics FAQ... I was searching for this little gem for a good hour!

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Heather
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(bumping this)
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-Jill
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Worth another bump.
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ErinK
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Got questions about why you're protected while on placebos? If you ovulate or not while on the patch? Check it out.
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qtpatutie01
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I used to be on Ortho-tri cyclin lo, but insurence switched me to Tri-lo sprintec.

Are the while pills (4th week) still just sugar pills? I hate taking them...so I usually don't on the 4th week.

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Heather
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Any time you start a new medication, the first thing you want to do is to read all the information that comes with it. BCP packages always come with a printed insert, and it is always wise to read through it. It will tell you which pills are which and how to take your medication.

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may i know is ther any severe side effects of I-pill

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Heather
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Can you explain what you mean by the "I-pill"?

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atm1
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Hi siddharath,

The most common side effects of all emergency contraception, like i-pill, are nausea, period-like bleeding, and an early or late period. These are almost always mild and not serious.

Like other forms of hormonal contraception, there are some other, very rare risks, such as a risk of getting blood clots. Those risks are very low with emergency contraception compared to regular birth control pills.

You should not expect any *severe* side effects at all, but you should expect mild to moderate nausea and vaginal bleeding.

If you have severe side effects, you should contact a health care provider.

You can also look at our article on emergency contraception: http://www.scarleteen.com/article/crisis/emergency_contraception

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when does the pill take effect?
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September
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That depends on where in your cycle you started it. If you started on the first day of your period or pretty soon after, then you should reach full effectiveness after the first 7 days. If you took it later in your cycle, you'll want to use a back up method for the entire first pack.

We recommend always backing up with condoms, also because they're the only way you can protect yourself from STIs.

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