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Quester
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Hi- I was wondering if you can provide any insight on the following scenario. If someone has been on the pill for 5 months and takes it at the same time everyday/ never misses any- then how could they have gotten their period at the end of week 2 of active pills?? They had just had withdrawal bleed 2 weeks prior during inactive pills. Does this mean they ovulated on pill? The bleeding that came during end of week 2 active pills started out looking like a breakthrough bleed for 1 day but then seemed like a real period for the next 4-5 days. I'm confused. I am not sure if this is considered a "period" or "breakthrough bleeding". Supposed to start inactive pills for this pack tonight but am not sure what to expect. The bleeding stopped 2 days ago- will I get my period again? If I don't, should I be concerned? I was told I did not have a viable pregnancy risk but I have so much anxiety about not getting period at the right time.
Thanks for any help you can provide!

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Heather
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A lot of people have this idea that the pill basically hijacks your reproductive cycles and totally dictates what they do.

But that's not actually accurate: it influences your reproductive system, effectively adjusting your hormonal levels to make pregnancy very unlikely, and also to play a part in your withdrawal bleeds and when they happen. But that system of your body still has some will of its own, as it were, and you can still have changes with things like withdrawal bleeds while using the pill perfectly.

And nope: that doesn't automatically mean someone ovulated because they have that bleed, whenever it happens.

Since it sounds like you just had flow like your withdrawal bleed for days already, no, I'd not expect it to start up again during the placebo week, but who knows. It might, or you might spot.

The only thing I would be sure to check in about if you often start getting bleeding at unexpected times is your STI status: if you're engaging in any sex without using condoms, or are using them, but aren't current with testing, and aren't getting tested, be sure to do that.

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Thanks - but a bleed for about 5 days (heavy at times, red, period-like) should be a good indicator one is not pregnant? Is that accurate? Thank you.
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In order to get pregnant, someone would have to do -- or have done to them -- the things that can even make that happen.

But yes, having a period or withdrawal bleed is an indication someone is not pregnant.

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Great thank you. It would obviously not be normal for someone who was pregnant to bleed like that?? and implantation bleeding wouldn't last that long / be heavy??
Thanks - have a nice weekend.

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Nope.

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