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kaylafaye
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Hi, I'm 20 years old and I've been using Kariva oral birth control for about two years. I've always had pretty regular periods while on it, but I'm late this month. I never miss a pill and take it at the same time almost every day (once in a while I forget and take it a few hours late but that's it). My boyfriend and I don't use condoms, but he always pulls out. I've never missed a period while on this pill before, I've always been right on time. I was wondering if this could be a normal change from taking this medication for a long time or something like that, or should I be concerned since I've never experienced much of a change within the last two years until now...
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Heather
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How late are we talking, from your usual?

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Just a few days. It sounds like I'm being paranoid but I've never been late at all before so I'm a little weirded out.
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Heather
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It's okay.

So, cycle deviations by a few days, even when using the pill, are fairly common, even though it hasn't been common for you.

Since you have been having the kind of sex that presents pregnancy risks, and the pill (and withdrawal combined) isn't 100% effective, testing for pregnancy in another few days if you still don't see a withdrawal bleed would be wise. But it's more likely, given you using the pill and a backup method, that you're not pregnant and this is just a fluke.

So, if still no period in a few days, then a negative HPT, I'd wait another couple weeks before calling into a healthcare provider.

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