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jeje23
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i've been on junel 1.5/30 for years and never missed a pill and at most took a pill 1.5 hours late. i am not on any medications other than the bcp but i started to take a multi vitamin and just this past week i started drinking coffee.

i've had spotting over the years but it was once in a blue moon. last month i had spotting at the end of my active pills. my withdrawl bleed came on time and i started the new pack on time. this month, during the end of my second active week of pills i had spotting again. last week i was under tremendous stress - i started law school and it was just so scary where the stress of everything made me feel queasy and anxious i dont think ive ever been that stressed.

i know spotting can happen on the pill and doesnt mean anything is wrong. however, what does it mean if it happenens in 2 consecutive months. is there something wrong with my pill in terms of effectiveness against pregnancy? i use withdrawl as a backup method. i am happy with my pill otherwise and would rather not switch pills (that and my insurance only covers fully yearly routine visits and my next routine check up inst til jan) but is this something i should call the dr. about? am i not protected against pregnancy since this happened twice in a row?

i see things online saying spotting is a common side effect and nothing to worry about and other places saying to call the dr. b/c my effectiveness against pregnancy may be compromised (which is very scary to see). do i need to be really concerned with this or can i bring it up to my dr. when i go in january?

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Molias
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Spotting isn't a sign that your birth control pill isn't working; it's just one of those things that can happen when taking the pill. Stress certainly could be a factor here.
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jeje23
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if it happens 2 months in a row its not a big alarm? i'm not sure if i need to be doing anything about this right away :/
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Robin Lee
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Unless you're having any other concerning symptoms, the spotting isn't likely something to be alarmed about. If you are concerned, you could always consult your healthcare provider.

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