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newby29
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hi. I love this website as a newby to all things relationship I find it a great help for me.
two questions please. I have done a lot of research and am a bit of a worry wart....so

both me and fiancé are both virgins and are devout Christians so we are very committed to each other. I am on the pill and have been on it for four months now.
1. when we start to have sex in two months if we have both never had any sexual conduct with anyone else we should both have no worries about any STI's or infections right???
2. being on the pill we wont use condoms due to the convenience and the monogamy. however occasionally I have a little abdominal pain throughout the month and have spotted a couple of times. I am a perfect combined pill user never forgetting or taking it late. I was just wondering if it is our only form of contraception with a little pain and some bleeding is there much possibility that I could get pregnant or are all pill that 99% accurate. (I'm also slightly concerned cause I know the pill I am on is cheapest possible made in India).

sorry its long and probably a bit over the top. but thanks [Smile]

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newby29
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oh and one more question. on my four months of being on the pill I have skipped a couple of withdrawal bleeds as I know as the lining of the uterus doesn't build up this isn't dangerous. however the last time I did this a couple of weeks ago I had heavy brown spotting and a bit of constant abdominal pain. is this anything to be worried about? or is this just purely because my body wanted to withdrawal bleed?

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Welcome to the board, newby! Glad you are finding Scarleteen helpful.

If both of you have never had any sort of sexual contact with anyone else, then your risks of having an STI are low. However, since some STIs can also be transmitted in non-sexual ways, there is never any way to know for sure unless you get tested. It is a good idea to make STI testing a part of your reproductive healthcare even if you are, and plan to be, monogamous.

The pill, when used correctly, is very safe. Occasional abdominal pain or spotting say nothing about the pill's effectiveness. But if you don't feel comfortable using the pill alone, you can always double up with condoms.

Have you gotten the okay from your doctor to take the pill back to back to skip bleeds? We really advise not to make that decision on your own, but to check in with a doctor, first. So if you haven't done that, now is the time to do it.

Spotting is a very common side-effect of skipping withdrawal bleeds.

[ 03-27-2013, 03:43 AM: Message edited by: September ]

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thanks. one last question. I know that antibiotics effect the pill so does having an upset stomach or throwing up. is there anything else that can effect it?

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Essentially, anything that may inhibit/interfere with the absorption of the pill upon taking it. That includes throwing up and certain antibiotics (along with anti-fungals and some supplements, ex. St John's Wort), as you mentioned, and consistent diarrhea.

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thankS [Smile]

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Hi me again [Razz]
so I get married in three weeks and do not want to be bleeding on my honey moon. in my pill cycle I am on at the moment three weeks from my last bleed would be right on my wedding day is the day to start my active pills again. this is ok but I would like to be definitely finished before then. so I was thinking I could have my week break about 3 days earlier. that way I would definitely be finished bleeding and spotting by my wedding day and honey moon. my question is, will doing this mess up any of my cycle in the next month and also does it change the effectiveness of the pill for when I am on my honey moon????

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Taking your week break earlier will lower the effectiveness of the pill, yes. In order for the pill to be fully effective, it needs to be taken as directed. Starting your week break earlier will also very likely throw off your cycle a bit, although there's not really any way to know for sure.

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Have you checked in with your gynecologist yet about taking the pill to suppress withdrawal bleed? They are really the best person to ask if this is an okay thing for you to do.

That said, you also cannot really skip out on taking active pills. That means that you'd be missing pills, which lowers effectiveness. The only way you can safely influence your bleeds is by skipping or shortening the withdrawal week.

And lastly, there is no guarantee that messing with your bleed will actually achieve the desired result. You may wind up spotting, or have your bleed anyway.

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hmm I understand what you are both saying..... as I am not having sex currently what if I had a break very soon then before started having sex made sure the pill was in my system for 7 days? would this be very effective against pregnancy or as I would be shortening this cycle would it be like starting again where it isn't effective for a month???

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In order to count on your pill, by itself, as fully effective, you have to take it as directed, and that really is that.

If you talk to your prescribing doctor, they can fill you in on how to do menstrual suppression with your pill, which involves not skipping any active pills, or shortening them, but instead taking active pills back to back without a placebo pill break. That doesn't guarantee you won't have spotting or your withdrawal bleed, but it makes it much less likely.

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yeah I understand . from all that I have been reading on shortening withdrawal bleeds and the likelihood of this not working the way I would like before my wedding, I think I will just take my next pack straight away and hope for the best as this will offer me the best coverage for my honeymoon.

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Also? It truly won't be the end of the world if you have your period on your honeymoon, I promise. You'll likely have periods or withdrawal bleeds at least a few times in your life during Very Important Things, some of them sexual, and it will be just fine.

You can still engage in sex and likely still do everything else you want to do. people do those things with periods all the time. [Smile]

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Sorry to bug you guys again. Is it true u can get ovulation pain even on the combination pill ?

I have had a little pain today on one side only just trying to work out if I should be worries about ovulation in my current situation?

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If you're using the pill properly, you shouldn't be ovulating at all -- so there'd be no cause of ovulation pain. So, if you're taking the pill on time without missing any, you can be pretty sure it's working effectively and there would be no ovulation to speak of [Smile]
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Any idea what the pain is then? Just something else?
Anyway to tell if I am ovilating? Like secretion changes?

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Robin Lee
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HI There,

To know if you are ovulating you'd have to have tracked your basal body temperature and cervical mucus every day for several months. Here's some information on doing that if you'd like to start:

Get With the Flow: All About FAM

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Hi newby, I just wanted to point out that you can't actually use FAM because that is for charting your natural fertility cycle. But because you are on the pill, that cycle is being suppressed. You have no ovulation TO chart.
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Robin Lee
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Onionpie is right. I must have had a brain glitch in suggesting FAM; my apologies for the misinformation.

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that's ok. I knew that [Razz] I had just heard that sometimes you can have ghost ovulation pains??

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I've never heard of ghost ovulation pain. But cramps can be a side effect of the pill, and pain that feels like ovulation pain can also be due to any number of non-reproductive-related things.

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yeah I thought so. it definitely didn't last as long so I guess it was something else.

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