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rldove13
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Tuesday morning I took a pregnancy test and it came back negative. Not a big shocker but with being put on the mini pill I feel like me cycle went crazy because of all the spotting I do during the month. My period should have started Tuesday. When would be a good time to take another pregnancy test?

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Becca

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If you have been taking the pill as directed, with no late or missing pills, there is no reason to suspect a pregnancy risk.

How long have you been on the pill? Have you been spotting all this time?

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This month I have been awful with taking my pill. This is my second month in the mini pill. I have never spotted before this pill but every few weeks I have a few days of light spotting.

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Well, spotting is a common side-effect of starting the pill. Also, taking the pill incorrectly or erratically may also cause spotting. So, once your body adjust to the hormones (and you start taking the pill as directed!), the spotting should stop.

But since you are not taking the pill as directed, you cannot count on it for protection. Are you engaging in sexual activity that could pose a pregnancy risk? If so, when was your last risk? The soonest a pregnancy test will give you accurate results is at 14 days after a risk.

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Also, if you are engaging in sexual activity that can pose pregnancy risks, you will want to start using condoms until you have been taking the pill correctly for at least a month.

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Johanna
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My partner and I always use condoms when engaging in vaginal sex, and even the first month when I was taking the pill as directed I had spotting

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As stated, spotting is a common side-effect of starting on hormonal birth control. So, again, you'll have to wait and see if the spotting stops once you have been taking the pill correctly for at least a couple of months. If you then still experience spotting, you can talk to your prescribing doctor about switching to a different brand.

And if you have been using condoms consistently for all genital contact, and have not had a condom failure, you do not need to be concerned about a pregnancy risk.

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Hi Becca,

If you've been using condoms perfectly every time you engage in sexual activity that can pose a pregnancy risk, there isn't a substantial risk of that.

So, on top of spotting being a common initial-symptom of the pill, the mini pill is notorious for causing irregular menstrual patterns, and that's more likely to happen when it's not taken as directed.

Though, if you're still concerned, a home pregnancy test should be accurate if you take it 2 weeks after the event, preferably in the morning when the indicating hormone (HCG) will be the most concentrated.

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ok thank you [Smile]

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Becca

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so if I take a test two weeks after the risk and have no new risks then there is no way to become pregnant

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Becca

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