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I'm on birth control and I've been on it since March or April, either way it's been awhile. My period is always regular but for some reason this month I got my period a week before I was supposed to. I wasn't even done with my 'active' pills. Since it was the summertime, I was really good at taking my pills from 3-4pm but now that school has started sometimes it slips my mind and I'll take them around 5 or 6. I thought I had a 3 hour kind of time-frame that I could take my pills and still have them be effective. This is really annoying because I've been taking my active pills for the past 5 days and by now my period should have stopped. Now the active pills are done and my period should start and I'm all very annoyed because now I'm going to end up having my period for like two weeks.

Why did I get it early? Is it because I had been taking my pills at awkward times or could it be something else? It's not like my usual period either. It's thick but there's not a lot of it and its been brown up until today.
This is awkward but I hope that there is an explanation other than just randomness. Thanks.

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Well, you should NOT have withdrawal bleeding for two weeks solid. vaginal bleeding for two weeks solid would be something you'd want to look into.

But overall, breakthrough bleeding is something that just happens sometimes with the pill, even when you take it as directed, which you have. And it's usually nothing to be concerned about. It has been found to occur more commonly with smokers (not sure if that's an issue) and with folks who just happen to have thicker endometriums, in general, or now and then.

So, sorry, but randomness -- sort of, that is a common BCP side effect -- is mostly what I have to offer.

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