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m_azul
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I have had a lot of clear, thin discharge ever since I started this pack of birth control pills. Even when I'm not "in the mood." Is it just my normal, healthy vaginal fluid? Or does this mean my pills are letting me ovulate? I've taken them perfectly I think, so I was just curious.
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We can't possibly know for sure what your discharges are based on a conversation online.

What we CAN know is that:
• If you are taking the combined pill properly, it is not at all likely you are ovulating. And if that discharge is lasting more than a couple days, we can also know that's not about ovulation, because ovulatory discharge doesn't go on like that.
• There is a range of normal vaginal discharges for people using and not using birth control pills, and for both, that absolutely includes clear, thinner discharge.
• If this keeps up over many days or weeks, it may be about a bacterial infection. If so, and especially you're not current with your basic sexual healthcare, you may want to check in with a healthcare provider about this.

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Oh no I don't want a bacterial infection! But okay. It's been for about four days.. With a little cramping yesterday (which could be a pill side effect) so that's why ovulation popped in my mind. But yes, that one day I posted I though I took my pill late after possibly having a risk, I really didn't take it late. I started Sunday with my first active pill later than normal, but Monday (after my "risk?") I took my second pill on time. I've also taken my others around the same time and I haven't skipped. So I'm pretty sure I've taken them as best as I can.

If it continues, I should probably get checked out I suppose!

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You know, bacterial infections are a bummer, but that happen very commonly to people with vaginas, and are most often very easily treated. If that is what this is -- and it very well might not be -- the world will not end, I promise. [Smile]

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Thank you for your kindness and help [Smile]
I'm so glad I do have the pill to rely on these days though!

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You're welcome. [Smile]

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Would it be irresponsible to use a condom if my bf and I plan to do something that involves ejaculation, and rely on the pill when we don't plan that?
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I guess I'd rather word it... Condoms for intercourse, trust the pill for everything else
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It's really up to YOU what level of protection you're comfortable with for what activities. It's not for us to judge as "irresponsible" or not (which we don't do here anyway [Smile] ), it's about what you need for yourself. So, if pill+condoms for intercourse and pill for everything else is what you're comfortable with, then that's the way to go.
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Okay [Smile] thank you [Smile] pill only for everything else is still good coverage/protection right?
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Hello! I have another question. My prescription insert said my BCPs can affect the wear of contact lenses... How is this? Because I was great with contacts, now they just make me want to scratch my eyeballs!!!!! I didn't understand how this could happen.

Also, my pills have caused a lot of problems. My breasts are killing me, I have acne, cramps, anxiety/depression/mood changes, backaches, and my contact lens problems. I also feel terribly sick ONLY on the first three days of my new packs. I have taken two whole packs, and I start week three of my third pack tomorrow. I took a pregnancy yesterday after *maybe* having genital contact thirteen days ago. It was negative.

My gyno said a lot of women experience trouble like this until their bodies are used to pills. But I feel like its not changing :/ I got on pills to feel better, but I kinda feel worse.

But yeah, how does it affect contact lens wear and how much longer should I deal with these issues before I ask my doc/NP to change my pill type?

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To my knowledge, that's an issue because of the extra dryness with mucous membranes that oral contraceptives can cause.

Per this and other issues with your pill, what's generally advised is giving a hormonal method around three months for your body to settle in -- or not -- with it before you look to switch.

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Hello! It's been a while since I've posted (that's a lot of progress for me!) but I have a question. This was my 3rd pack of BCPs, and my period was 4 days rather than 6, and I could use regular pads instead of overnights!!! The blood wasn't what pregnant women experience I'm assuming, so I should be okay there. I'm not at all complaining about the lighter periods, considering I used to have to stay home that week because I would faint often, but just checking, is this significant of a change normal for withdrawals on birth control? Thanks!
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I am guessing if it comes when you expect your period, and there is bright red (fresh) period blood a person should be fine, regarding pregnancy, normal withdrawal, etc.?
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What you described sounds like a normal withdrawal bleed to me. They'll probably average around the same length/heaviness, but that will include some shorter/lighter instances like what you just experienced.
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Alrighty. I can chill for sure now [Smile] thanks a lot! It's always nice to get reassurance.
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You know what was scary for me? I had heavy, heavy bleeding for 7-8 days prior to being prescribed birth control pills. I bleed through every night in bed, and my cramps made me double over. Now, into my fourth pack, my past 2 withdrawal bleeds have been 4 days, NO bleeding through, and NO bleeding at night. Maybe spotting, then it get heavier (a little) as I walk around my college campus or something like that. I no longer cramp, but my breasts are tender all month pretty much. It's just scary because you hear "shorter, lighter periods, or no period at all" and it's scary with much blood not coming out anymore. But I suppose that's a birth control pill's job, right?
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What's scary about this for you? Is it just that the withdrawal bleeds are so different in length/heaviness than your periods were before you started taking the pill?
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Yes. That's what is scary, and that's why I keep coming back with "can you bleed while pregnant??" worries. I bleed so much that I could barely stand up, and now it's just enough to need a super light pad that I change like every three or four hours. It was a heavy overnight pad being changed every 1 1/2 hours! That is what makes me afraid. Because I've read on this site that a period is a great way to tell if you're not pregnant, but it's kinda frightening when you're period has changed so drastically since starting pills.
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Well, do remember that a withdrawal bleed is different from a period you'd have when not on the pill. So it's often going to be a little bit different from your experience with periods before you started to take it. But as I said above, what you're describing doesn't sound like anything unusual.
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Really? Okay. Thank you so much! Just every woman in my family that I have to ask is like "oh gosh, do you know how long it's been for me?? I can't remember tht stuff" so it isn't very helpful. And I know if something sounded alarming you'd let me know, so thanks.
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m_azul, also, it might help you to know that some methods of hormonal birth control, including the combined pill, can be used to treat or manage symptoms like very heavy bleeding or menstrual pain. So, not only is your change in bleeding not unusual, it's one that's often intended and hoped for. Of course, everyone's body is different so it doesn't work for everyone, but overall, a person is more likely to have an improvement with heavy bleeding and pain when they're on the pill.

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Thank you Redskies! I appreciate that. And yeah, that's why I wanted the pill in the first place. But for some odd reason I kept having these reoccurring pregnancy scares, which started making me afraid.
I asked Robin this, but idk if I worded it weird and if it was understandable. If one is on birth control and somehow got pregnant (pretty sure I wouldn't be, anyway) but I've wondered would a withdrawal stop? Since the lining is needed. Orrrr would the bleeding come anyway due to such a hormonal shift?

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If someone got pregnant while on birth control, their withdrawal periods would stop, yes.
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Alright. Thank you. I have always heard it wouldn't, so I'm glad that clears it up [Smile]
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