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ImaRocketDog2
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Hi! I just had a question about my withdraws bleed on the pill. I just started taking the pill recently (Orsythia, which if I remember is the generic of Aviane and is somewhat newer), and I'm currently on the 2nd to last day of the 2nd week of my 3rd pack. I do know from reading on this site (which was super-informative to me long before I even got on the pill, thank you) that withdrawal bleeds can be a bit whacky in the first few months, so it's not something I'm hugely concerned about, just curious.

During the first pack, my withdrawal bleed started on the 3rd day of the placebo week and was lighter/shorter than my periods had been, lasting only 3 days, all of which I had pretty much expected. However, during my second pack last month, I started bleeding about a week and a half earlier, which lasted about 6 days, but ended right before the placebo week started and I did not bleed during the placebo pills that month.

Now, this wouldn't have been such a huge deal, but considering my main reason for going on the pill to begin with was to regulate my periods it was pretty annoying! So far I haven't really experienced any other typical pill side effects (no depression, drop in libido, other mood symptoms, headaches haven't been worse/more frequent, etc.), so otherwise everything has been pretty good. I guess my question is, do I have any reason to be concerned about getting my withdrawal bleed during the active pills rather than placebos in just my 2nd pack? Can I possibly expect the same thing to happen this month, or is my bleed likely to fall during the placebo week as should be expected? Like I said, I'm not extremely worried about this, I just want to make sure I have no reason to worry. Since I've had no other side effects and no other changes in health since starting the pill I figured I don't have to worry, but it still never hurts to ask. :)Thanks!

(Also, I doubt this affects anything, but in case it does I might as well put out there that I have yet to be sexually active in any manner.)

~Leanne

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Heather
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Can you tell me when you started the pill -- on your first pack -- in relationship to your period? Did you start it on day one of a period or before the first Sunday?

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(Also, if your periods have been very irregular before, did your healthcare provider look into why, and tell you, or give you some idea, of why they thought they were?)

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Oh, and should probably mention that I've never missed a pill, the latest I've ever taken a pill has been 3 hours (which happened once in the first pack and once in the second), and the earliest has been by 2 hours (I took it early because I knew that because of circumstances that day it would be inconvenient to take it at my usual time. This also occurred the day after the 2nd pill I took 3 hrs. late).

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Can you answer my other questions for me?

(Great sigline, btw. [Smile] )

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Oops, sorry, your replies hadn't shown up before I posted again,sorry about that!

I did a Sunday start with my pill. In the past, my periods weren't extremely irregular, they could fluctuate by about a week but over the past few months they seemed to be gradually happening earlier (average cycle went from 28 days to 22 days). During my exam when she prescribed the pills my doctor didn't indicate an exact cause; she said she'd like to see how the pills would work out for me. She asked me about any other symptoms (diarrhea, really heavy/painful periods, etc.), but since those rarely tend to happen to me and my periods weren't so wildly irregular most of the time, the cause didn't seem to be readily discernible.

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You know, given that it sounds like you still don't know the why of the menstrual issues, I'd not be concerned about this. because it could well be that what you're seeing is that the pill may not, in fact, change that irregularity because there's something else going on that needs to be addressed or evaluated.

I'd just check back in with your doctor after the third pack and fill her in on what's gone on.

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Ok, thank you!

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