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Mariel
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Hi! I've been on the pill for a while now (nearly 4 years), and I am always very careful about taking it at the same time every day. During my last pack of pills, I got my period 4 days before it usually comes (with only a few exceptions that come to mind, it comes at nearly the exact same time at the end of every pill pack). My question is two-fold, and I'm hoping that maybe someone can help me sort out my worries. 1) I was wondering if perhaps my pill wasn't working properly because it was stored in its original packaging in my bedroom until I started using it, and my bedroom got very hot a few times (90 degrees F) while the pills were stored there. Would this make the pills not work? I didn't get pregnant last month, so it likely worked in that respect, but could the heat have caused them to be messed up? and 2) I'm wondering if should I worry about the possibility of pregnancy going forward- I continued to take my pills as normal even though my period came 4 days early (lasted its usual length) but ended 4 days before I started my new pack. I had unprotected sex with my boyfriend on days 2 and 3 of my new pill pack, but I'm wondering if I was protected from pregnancy since there was a gap between my period ending and starting my new pack (would I have started ovulating?). I know this is a long and confusing question but I hope you can help!
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Robin Lee
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HI Mariel,

Early bleeding is not known to be a sign that the pill isn't working properly.

Does the brand of pills you use have placebo (inactive "placeholder" pills) that you take during your bleed, or do you not take pills and just start your new pack when your bleed is finished?

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Mariel
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yes! there are 7 placebo pills at the end of every pack. Normally i get my withdrawal bleed on the 3rd day of placebo pills, but this time I got it on my last day of active pills.
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Robin Lee
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Did you start your new pack right after finishing the old one?

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Mariel
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I started my new pack right after the 7 day placebo week, i.e. I didn't miss any pills, hormone or inactive. I took my 7 placebo pills as usual on time and then began my new pack right on time.
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Robin Lee
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You took your birth control pills as they're meant to be taken. Nothing you've said here indicates that they're level of effectiveness has been compromised.

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