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Ransu
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So my gf have been on birth control pills for the past 2 years. This month, she took one or two of her pills 4 hours late and we had sex with and without a condom. Tomorrow will be her last pill before her pill free week and she had red spotting followed by brown spotting 2 days ago, which is on her last 3rd pill. Is that normal or should I be concerned? She also had a test which she said stressed her out a bit. Spotting never really happened to her before. Should I be concerned?
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Is she using a mini-pill or a combined pill? If it's the latter, not the former, 4 hours isn't actually late at all. Combined pills have a grace period of 12 hours before pills are late.

Spotting, or breakthrough bleeding, is a common side effect of birth control pills. Even if it never happened before, it's likely nothing to be concerned about now, unless she (and you) isn't up to date with STI tests, especially if you're engaging in sex without condoms. If she's not current with those tests, I'd just suggest she (and again, you, if you're not) get current to make sure she's in good sexual health and the spotting isn't due to an infection.

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Ransu
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She's having slight boob pain now. I hope her period comes.. My concern is, will she probably be pregnant due to her missing her pills by 4 hours?
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Robin Lee
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Heather asked whether your girlfriend is taking a combination pill or a mini (progesterone-only) pill. The criteria for when a pill is late change based on whether a person is taking a combination or mini pill. Here is more information: Three questions about taking the birth control pill (and plenty of answers)

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Ransu
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Oh my bad. She's taking the combined pills.
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Robin Lee
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So, as you can see from what heather told you, and from the article I linked you to, your girlfriend taking her pill four hours later than usual will most likely not have impacted its effectiveness.

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Ransu
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Is brown spotting before withdrawl bleed normal? She had twice ever since..
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Ransu, please re-read the second paragraph of Heather's reponse. She answers your question there.

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Robin Lee
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Many people do experience spotting before their withdrawal bleed, yes.

It sounds like you'd really benefit from being able to put this fear to rest. Have you been doing any self-care? Here are some self-care ideas: http://www.scarleteen.com/article/crisis/selfcare_a_la_carte

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Ransu
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Every now and then when she wipes after going to the toilet, she gets a bit of blood. Is that one of a indicator that her period is coming? The chances of pregnancy is very low I suppose.. so I'm not as worried.
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