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hockeylover987654321
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Can a pap smear test or a urine infection affect the timing of your withdrawal bleed if you are on the pill?
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It shouldn't. Bleeding can only really be delayed by stress and illness when ovulation is delayed, and it doesn't happen at all when taking the pill correctly.
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could missing a pill from your pack do it?
i'm just curious because i normally wake up to find my period every tuesday morning after finishing my pills on the saturday.. and today.. although there has been some blood .. its been nothing..
i only missed one pill in the pack .. so i don't think i'm at risk..
but why would i be spotting?

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You mentioned previously that your withdrawal bleed has been getting lighter; is it possible that your withdrawal bleed is just presenting as light/bleeding spotting?

If too light of bleeding has been a problem for you and it's causing you undue worry, you can get into your doctor so that they can adjust your prescription.

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ok .. i only missed one pill in my pack. and that was days after all of my sexual activity... does it still matter if it is after the fact? i dont think i' at a very large risk here.. but i haven't gotten my period.. its only spotting.. which is making me worried..
could missing that one pill set my withdrawal bleed off?
thanks again

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ok.. my period has always been light.. especially on the first day.. but not this light.. this is a significant stretch.. but since i missed the pill after having sex.. it shouldn't be an issue?
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As another volunteer told you today, one missed pill, regardless of when it occurs, will not significantly reduce your protection.

If you're using a condom AND the pill correctly, there is no reason to be concerned. If that is not enough protection for you, your only other option is to abstain. We don't have the energy to keep reassuring you there's no risk, and unless you change your behavior (or check out our pregnancy anxiety support thread here), we can not help you with any future pregnancy queries, and they will likely be closed.

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