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FadingEndlessly
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Hi. I've had what I thought was my "period" for a week and three days now. The difference is that the blood is really liquidy and not as thick as normal period blood, and it has been going on for much longer than a regular period.

I've been on birth control for perhaps about 3 months, and I think I missed one month in the middle (the month prior to this one).

I've also been having diarrhea and stomach aches and stuff.... if that is at all relevant.

Now, here's where it may start to get complicated. I am in a foreign country, where I am studying abroad for the semester. The day that I was traveling, I completely missed one day of birth control, which was maybe a week and half before the end of the birth control cycle. Since then, because of the 6 hour time difference, I've been taking it at different times.

Here's my first question: Could the length and type of bleeding be because of the change of when I'm taking the birth control?

Secondly, I saw a doctor while I was here. Because of the language difference, it was a little hard to discuss it with her, but she did indeed tell me that the blood was coming from my vagina (so it's not a urinary tract infection, or kidney or intestinal related, etc). But that was all the information I got. She asked me if I could possibly be pregnant. The last time I had sex was in November or December, and I've gotten my period since then. We used condoms, as well.

So, is there any chance that I COULD be pregnant? If I got my period those two months, I am probably not, right? I have just been really worried because the blood seems to not be period blood, but I guess it could be???

I know that preferably I should head to the doctor (again) but I went down that route anyway, and she seems to think that I'm pregnant, or I'm overreacting, and all she spoke was Italian and broken English (and that was the provider that the Study Abroad agency suggested to us. Hmmph). If anyone could help me out, I'd reallly appreciate it!

Thanks so much@!

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You mentioned that you got your period after the last time you had sex.....therefore you cant be pregnant now.

And i think youre also concerned about having this bleeding for 10 days which is different from your normal period. Im not sure about whether its related to your different timing of pills (as long as youre taking one a day at roughly the same time...it should work). But it doesnt sound too serious to me . Is it also different from the normal withdrawl bleed you have while taking birth control? And were you taking the sugar pills when you started bleeding?

For the future-
Missing one day of birth control wont make you pregnant. But missing a whole month definately could. If youre finding it hard to manage taking a pill every day without fail, maybe consider some other contraception methods.

Hope this helps! If not, see a doctor! If your bleeding goes on for days from now....see a doctor.

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Are you staying in Italy? If so, where? If you're anywhere near Milan or Rome, it shouldn't be too hard to find a doctor you can communicate with. Both have a couple of medical centers for english-speaking expats. If the bleeding persists and you're worried, that could be an option worth looking into.

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Actually, I am staying in Florence, so Rome and Milan are kind of far... And there is a very limited number of places who take my insurance, in fact, so that limits me, as well. So if anyone could suggest what this could be, I'd appreciate it so much! Thanks!
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