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polkadots92
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Hi! I just had a question about my birth control pill. If I get my period before I start the placebo pills, does that mean that the pills aren't working properly? I've been taking the pills with perfect use for the past 3 months. Thank you [Smile]
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Heather
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No, it does not.

Sometimes, spotting will occur for people using the pill perfectly, and sometimes withdrawal bleeds also won't happen in accordance with the placebo pills.

My main concern when someone sees vaginal bleeding with something like this is if they, as is common, stopped using condoms when they started using the pill if they are sexually active. That's because unexplained bleeding can be a possible symptom of some STIs.

So, if that's the case for you -- sexually active, using pill but no condoms -- then I'd just make sure you and your partner are up to date with STI screenings, particularly if this continues.

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Both of us are up to date with STI screenings, so I don't think it has anything to do with that. We do occasionally start to have sex without a condom, but then put one on after a minute or two. The bleeding hasn't happened while we're having sex. I hadn't had sex in over a week when I got my period. This happened last month too and when I asked my mom about it, she said it was normal because my body was just trying to adjust to taking the pill. I was just wondering if the bleeding meant the pill wasnt working. i'm glad thats not the case [Smile] What is a withdrawal bleed?
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Withdrawal bleed is the term we use to describe "periods" on the pill, because they're not really the same as a menstrual period. Instead, they're bleeding caused by your body withdrawing from the hormones of the pill. Make sense?

But if you're both current with your screenings, all with negative results, then this likely isn't anything to worry about.

But just so you know, if you want to use condoms as a backup, you really do need to use them right to get the effectiveness they can offer, and that means having them used from start to finish, not after contact has already begin, okay?

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Oh ok, I see. Well thank you! I appreciate your help [Smile]
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