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I started Alesse-28 14 days ago in the middle of my cycle. I did this because I am going on vacation and didn't want to have my period during that time. I have been very diligent about taking all of my pills at 5pm, with the exception of one day when I took it at 6pm instead. My period was due to start on the 21st and since starting my pill I had been having normal PMS cycles: breast tenderness, emotional, cramping, ect. I figured that this was due to starting the pill in the middle of my cycle and my hormones being all jumbled up. My period didn't come on the 21st, but instead yesterday evening I started having brownish discharge, and today I am having a light flow. I don't know if this is my period or if it is just spotting? If it is spotting will it last as as long as my regular period? And if it's my period does that mean I have been taking my pills wrong? I was under the suspicion that even if I started in the middle of my cycle that I wouldn't get my period if I was taking my pills (or was that misinformation?). Also if it is my period will this affect the effectiveness of my pills later? Thanks.
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Taking the pills in a manner other than directed (3 weeks of active pills, than one pill-free week) can result in irregular bleeding or spotting. We cannot tell you how long this spotting will last, and whether you will still also bleed during your next pill-free week. That kind of unpredictability is always the risk one takes when trying to skip a bleed.

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