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I'm currently taking OTC, and my widthdrawl bleed comes on the Tuesday of my plecebo week, (approximately 3 plecebos in) Most cycles it will come in the afternoon, but last cycle, it started in the morning. Why is that? I take my pill at the same time every day, so why the difference of 8 hours or so? Is this normal? I prefer getting it in the morning, is there any way I can make this happen every cycle?

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Taking your pill correctly can help regulate your cycles, but it isn't ASSURED to, so that means minor iregularities are common when taking hormonal birth control (sort of like minor irregularities are common in women who aren't taking hormonal birth control and have regular cycles). So, an eight-hour difference doesn't signal that there's anything wrong whatsoever. Also, sorry to disappoint, but there's really no way to dictate when during the day or on which day exactly your withdrawl bleed will come.

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ok, that makes sense. Also, I was looking at that link that you have to the PBS site on the difference between you cycles on and off the pill, and am I correct in believing that you don't produce an egg aka YOU DON"T OVULATE while on the pill? Thats how it works? So by taking the pill every day, I supress my ovulation, and then when I get my widthdrawl bleed, there is no "egg" in that? Sorry if this seems repetitive or confusing...I was a little uncertian, so I figured I'd ask the experts to get my facts straight! Thank you!
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Exactly. The pill works by suppressing ovulation and thickening cervical mucus - if you've been taking your pills correctly, you don't ovulate. No egg released means nothing for sperm to fertilize, and therefore no pregnancy occurs.

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That's correct, the hormones in the pill supress ovulation.

When you are not taking hormonal birth control, each monthly cycle your body will first produce hormones which cause an ovum (egg) to grow in your ovaries, then when the the egg is mature it is released. At this time, your body produces a hormone called progesterone which builds up the lining of the uterus to nourish a fertilized egg. If an egg is fertilized, the body produces more progesterone, if it is not? The level of progesterone drops and that triggers your body to flush out the uterine lining (and so you have your period) and the cycle starts again.

An artifical form of progesterone is one of the hormones used in hormonal birth control, and so the reason you have your withdrawl bleed during your placebo week of pills is because the drop in hormones when you take a break from taking your active pills triggers the same sort of progesterone drop that would normally trigger your body to shed the uterine lining.

That may have been more explaination than you needed, but does that all answer your questions? [Smile]

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no, thats great! thank you so much! now everything makes sense [Smile]
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