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meowmeow26
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Hey guys! So I am starting to let my anxiety get the better of me and would like some help.
I am on Azurette, which is a BCP that you take every day and have a 7 day placebo week for the last week.
I have never missed a period on this pill, it just usually comes on the 4th or 5th day. However, it is now late evening on the 5th day, and nothing. I am feeling some of the aches (very slightly) that I would normally have but no blood. The strange thing is I saw a pin-prick size spot of blood (or what I think was blood) when I wiped a night or two ago. But otherwise, no withdrawal bleed. My doctors suspect I have IBS and some of those pains mimic the start of a period, the gas pressures, lower back ache, etc. I am hoping it is not the IBS and that I am actually starting.
I am not sexually active, unless you can become pregnant from someone rubbing against you or without genital contact, which you've made clear here is not possible. So what is going on? Why haven't I started yet? And if I do start tonight, or the sixth or seventh day, is that cause for concern?
Sorry for the rant.

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Welcome to Scarleteen, meow!

Unfortunately, not even withdrawal bleeds work like a clockwork, and they can sometimes start a bit earlier or later than you are used to. It sounds like, at this point, it's barely been a day since your regular start time, so we would not even consider that bleed late yet. Give it another couple of days, okay? At this point, there is no cause for concern.

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Okay. What would be considered late?
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There is usually some variation, and three or four days either way is pretty typical. If your bleed takes longer than that, even, it would be considered late, but even that would not be terribly unusual. As I said earlier, even withdrawal bleeds can be late and it's not necessarily a sign of anything being amiss. I'll link you to an article that may reassure you a bit, too:
M.I.A or, Dude, Where's My Period?

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Alright, so as long as it happens by the last placebo pill there's nothing to worry about?
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Even if you were to wind up skipping the bleed, it would still be nothing to worry about. That can happen from time to time.

If you were to miss two or more bleeds in a row, it would be a good idea to get checked out. But as a one off, it's not usually a cause for concern.

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Thank you!
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So my period started, kind of. It's only there when I wipe. And now it's the 6th day. Can I count this as a period? It feels like my period, like pain wise. I just want to put my mind to rest. The blood isn't bright red. It's like brownish. It's just not coming out in my underwear. I would say no big deal because I know bc is supposed to make your period lighter, but they've always been enough to soak through a pad.
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Why don't you give this another day, especially since it's not unusual for menstrual flow to start light and get heavier? Chances are good that if you do just sit with this yourself for another day or two, it'll be pretty obvious to you what this is.

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Okay. I am going to the doctor today because I took some new prescriptions this month that could have had a bad interaction. Are you saying this may not be my period? I guess what I'm saying is, can I use this small bleed to trust I am not pregnant? I know it's darn near impossible but I have a lot of anxiety.
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So, you need to do whatever it is you do to manage that anxiety, okay?

We can't tell people what is or isn't their period: that's just not an ability we have. Period psychics we';re not. [Smile]

What is and isn't your period -- or withdrawal bleed -- is really something only someone experiencing them, over time, can learn to determine.

But, as we often say, if it feels like a period, looks like a period, and comes around the time you expect a period? That is most likely what it is.

And if any flow you're having isn't leaving you convinced you are not pregnant, and you feel you may have been at risk of pregnancy, then a pregnancy test is the next right step.

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Alright, so I went to the doctor and I'm feeling a lot better. We determined that another medication being taken inconsistently even once can mess up your cycle.
I am just a little concerned now. I am actually bleeding into a pad now, but it's not very much, and it's the sixth day. My cramps are also a lot worse than normal. But I'm thinking since I am getting dark red blood and it still was during the placebo week, even though it was late for me, I probably shouldn't worry about it? I know it's crazy and illogical I just always worry about "What about the time I wore a short skirt to work with just tights underneath and flirted with that guy and did something provocative, and then he may have purposely or accidentally rubbed his genital area against me," these are the irrational things that go through my mind. I have not been unclothed around anyone, though some of my outfits are thin, (tights and skirts) and I occasionally have to clean a unisex restroom. All of these things freak me out. I realize people dirty dance or grind on each other all the time at school dances and nothing happens, but I'm always worried I somehow did something sexual that is going to get me pregnant, even with no direct genital contact whatsoever.

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Hey meow, have you seen this piece? Pregnancy Scared?

If you haven't had a read through that, I think it could really help reassure you that you've got nothing to be concerned about per pregnancy.

[ 03-21-2013, 05:17 PM: Message edited by: Karybu ]

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I have [Frown] I'm just worried anyways. I know that's ridiculous.
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It's not ridiculous. Your feelings are your feelings and perfectly okay because of that, not ridiculous at all. All this anxiety can't be fun for you though, so I'm wondering if you've thought about talking to a counselor about it? Do you have any strategies that you've developed for yourself to help when you get really anxious?

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Yeah, I JUST got done talking to a counselor to set up some appointments. I work at a counseling facility ironically so they're going to help me for free. I also am on Citalopram for the anxiety, but when I take it, it throws off my period [Frown]
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Hey, Citalopram-buddy. [Smile] I'm glad you have some appointments set up with a counselor, hopefully they can help you deal with your anxiety and find some techniques that work for you when you're feeling anxious.

It might be worth checking with your doctor to see about a switch in medication, too. Just like with any other medication, it can take some trial and error to find the right anti-anxiety med, and sometimes a combination of two can be the best fit.

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