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for about 2-3 days ive been experiencing bleeding and cramping, though a little bit lighter than my normal period (though not much). im on my third week of my first pack of "active" birth control pills and im supposed to be taking the placebos next week. since its my first pill pack, i shouldnt expect it to come perfectly in time with the placebos, or should i? does this mean just spotting, or does this mean my period? i'm unsure what to expect the placebo week if i dont know whether this is my period or spotting right now, but i do know that if it is "spotting", it is very heavy spotting? is that possible?


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Really, either could be possible. Since your body is still getting used to the hormones, this could be mid-cycle bleeding, or it could be your withdrawl bleed, just a week early. We couldn't really tell you for sure, but either way, it's probably nothing you need to worry about since this is your first pack.

Keep taking your pills as normal, including the placebo pills, you could bleed again during the placebo week (which, yeah, sucks, but hopefully it will be a one-time thing since this is your first pill cycle), or you may not.

If this happens again next month, you may give your gynecologist a call.

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