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Hey there. My question is about a few problems I've been having with the contraceptive pill.

First I was on Microgynon 30. That barely lasted the week. I began it two weeks ago on Tuesday 10th April. I became incredibly irritable and depressed within 3 days and had the most crippling headaches. I took the pill until Wednesday 18th and then stopped.

So I came off Microgynon, and last Friday (20th April) I got an appointment with my Doctor to find a new Pill I could be on. He suggested Cilest and I got the prescription.

Foolishly, I then took the new Cilest pill on Saturday. I realised literally as I swallowed it that I had stopped taking the Microgynon 30 and only 3 days later had begun taking another sort of pill! I'm not sure if that will have any negative effect on me- I'm sure loading my system with this many hormones cannot be good-but since then I have taken Cilest each day as recommended by the doctor. I feel very stupid to have made such a mistake, but thought it was better to continue with it than take one tablet and then start again 4 days later.

So basically my questions are:
1. Will taking 8 days of one make of pill, then having a 3 day break and beginning a new pack have a detrimental effect on me?

2. Why did I begin my period on Wednesday 11th and am still "on" today, 13 days later? It has been heavy throughout, although it seemed to be ending on Saturday but then began again. Before the pill fiasco my periods were 3 - 5 days at most. I understand I'm not protected from pregnancy, but am more concerned as to what all these chemical mixups are probably doing to my system.

Thanks, [Smile]

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You really should be fine. You can call into your doc and double-check, but I truly don't see any reason to worry about detrimental health effects in this instance.

Per your bleed lasting so long, is this new pill lower-doe than your last? if so, my educated guess is that you're just having a longer withdrawal bleed because the withdrawal period from that previous pill has been extended since you're no longer on it.

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Thankyou so much for the quick reply! [Smile]

I checked the packets for both pills and found that Cilest is a much lower dosage than Microgynon, so that would explain the endless withdrawal bleed! i guess i'll just wait for it to end and next time be sure to leave a pill-free week!

Thanks again!

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