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Boxerkid1611
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You've heard from me before, but I still have questions... Guess sex ed in school escaped me. My girlfriend, was off her pill for 2-3 weeks thanks insurance. Then when we got the pill back she started taking it right away, not the first day of her period and not the next sunday, it was a random day. Shes been taking it for 14 days, and today during sex she began to bleed. I am not sure if she's having her period during active pills or what. Can she even have her period on the active pills (she's on ortho tri cyclen lo.) Because she started it on a random day how do we regulate her period?

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Onionpie
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Spotting during the beginning few months of birth control is very common; so this may not be the start of her bleed, it may just be spotting. Irregular bleeds is also pretty common, especially if she didn't start the way the pill brand recommends.

I'd suggest talking to her doctor and let them know when she started the pill, and they will be able to advise her on the best thing to do about it. Also make sure to use a second form of birth control every time until you know the pill has you guys covered (and you can, of course, continue to use the second method even when the pill IS effective).

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Onionpie
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Just to clarify: there isn't anything wrong with starting on any random day, it just means that you can't be so sure about the pill becoming effective as quickly as it would have usually. Your doctor will likely recommend that you just use a second method of birth control for the full cycle.
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Boxerkid1611
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So do you think she will get a normal period during the inactive pills? That is if it was just spotting?

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Robin Lee
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It's impossible for us to predict whether anyone will or won't get a withdrawal bleed (which is what we call a period for someone who's on the pill). We're just not psychic like that.

However, many people who experience spotting also get their withdrawal bleed on time.

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