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I took my pill about 4 hours late 2 nights ago after I had been drinking alcohol and experienced some light spotting yesterday afternoon. I took it about 4 hours late last night too, because I was out with friends and forgot my packet. I'm having cramps now, but that could be because I had sex last night. I'm sure I just experienced the light bleeding from my hormones being a little wonky? I'm on Yaz.
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Really, 4 hours isn't late with a combined method. But even in taking a pill perfectly on time, mid-cycle spotting can happen from time to time.

I'm not sure why you'd be having cramping from sex, though. If you didn't reach orgasm, some discomfort for a few hours can happen, but shouldn't continue on through the next day.

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By combined method, do you mean using condoms as well? Because we didn't. (Both of us are clean.)

For some reason, I have ALWAYS had cramps the day after intercourse and I just expect it. It feels like it's around my ovaries, which I always have cysts on. My GYN has already talked to my about the cysts and has said I am healthy.

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I mean combined oral contraceptives, like the one you're taking.

(Progestin-only pills tend to cause even more frequent spotting, for the record.)

Do you always have that cramping even when you do reach orgasm?

And just FYI, we really prefer people not use "clean" to describe being tested negatively for infections. It implies a person with an infection is UNclean or dirty, which is not the case.

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Yes I always do have cramping...is that not normal?
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It's certainly something I'd ask your sexual/reproductive healthcare provider about at your next visit. If it's severe, it might be worth scheduling a visit specifically for.

We really shouldn't be having cramping after sexual activity, especially if we are reaching orgasm. Because that can be due to certain infections and reproductive health conditions -- like ovarian cysts, for instance, or chlamydia -- it's something I'd ask my doctor about were it happening.

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Like I mentioned, I do have ovarian cysts and that seems to be where the pain is focused the next day. The cramps are never severe, just achey.
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I'm sorry I spaced that out. Ovarian cysts could certainly be the likely cause.

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