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prettykitty
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Hey. I missed two pills the other day, so i took two on the day i remembered and two on the next day as directed. i've have to do this once before, and last time it produced a very small amount of spotting for a few hours, which i know is normal. however, i am bleeding much more this time and am wondering if i need to be concerned. i've been having a light flow (having to change my pantyliner every 5 or so hours) for the last 3 days. this seems like a long time to be having such a reaction. is it normal? THANKS!
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Heather
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When you take your pills correctly, what you get each month isn't actually a period -- it's withdrawal bleed that occurs from you not having the hormones from the pills in your body for that week.

Sounds like your body basically reacyed as it would on your placebo cycle. That given, consider the rest of this month's pill cycle INEFFECTIVE as birth control and act accordingly.

I'd also say that it sounds to me like your body is pretty sensitive to the hormones in terms of reacting to them and their removal so it is probably wise you do NOT ever miss pills in this fashion, even with the make-up as instructed. If you're having a really hard time taking them daily, it might be wisest to consider another hormonal method like depo-provera or ortho-evra which doesn't require remembering a dose every day.

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prettykitty
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Thank you, your advice is very helpful. However, now i have an additional question as to how to 'act accordingly'. I am a sunday starter, and just started week 3. what should i do? continue the pack and the placebos and start a new pack as usual (using condoms till then of course) or, should i start taking the next pack next week and skip the placebos? or...? what do you suggest?
Thanks!

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Heather
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At this point, I'd just continue as usual, though I think you can likely expect that you may not have your usual bleeding come the placebos, so don't be surprised if it's more scanty, or doesn't show up at all.

Byt the end of next cycle, you should be back to normal so long as you take all your pills in that cycle on schedule.

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