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tonedog
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Alright, I'm in a bit of a predicament here:
I've been on the combined pill (Aviane) for several years now. While my use isn't 100% perfect, in my last pack I missed maybe one or two pills (not in a row) and took them about 8 hours later than usual. I'm currently having sex with my boyfriend (no condoms, etc).

Last week, we had sex and then a few days later I started taking antibiotics. We haven't had sex since then, and I've been on the antibiotics for about a week now. Currently, I'm on my placebo week and should've gotten my period three days ago- but it hasn't come and it's usually very regular. I've had a tiny tiny bit of darker discharge, though, but that's it.

Anyways: can the antibiotic mess with the pill/menstrual cycle? I didn't have sex while on the antibiotic so I can rule that out. But I didn't have perfect usage of the pill this month and missing my period completely has made me very very worried.

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Two late pills could be affecting your bleeding. The stress of illness can also delay bleeding - so whatever it is you are taking antibiotics for may be the cause for the late bleed, too.

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I'm just taking for this strange acne/irritation on my chest, so I'm not sick at all. So two late pills could affect it, even if they weren't two consecutive late ones? Also: when/if I should take a pregnancy test?
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Alright, that's likely not a factor then. But taking pills later than your body is used to can mess with your cycle. And sometimes bleeds are just late for no reason we can see, too.

If your period doesn't show at all during your placebo week, you can take a test to see what's up.

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