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Hi, I've been having something weird going on with my birth control pills and am mostly just looking for some reassurance. I've been on the pill for 4 years, and have been on the same brand now (Gianvi) for about one year. I am sexually active but ALWAYS use a condom as backup, and I have never had one visibly fail. I also have never missed a pill, and the latest I've ever been in taking one is 30 min. off my usual time (but I'm usually within 10-15 minutes). Since I switched to Gianvi I have experienced very light spotting between periods occasionally, but everything has still been fine as far as having my periods go, so normally I'm not too concerned about spotting. But this cycle, about one week after I started my new pill pack and about 3-4 days after my period ended, I started having some brownish spotting that lasted an entire week. It was intermittent, sometimes I wouldn't have any for like half a day at a time, but I always noticed at least a little bit each day. My period had taken just a little bit longer to end than it usually did, so maybe my body just wasn't done getting everything out yet? Like I said, after a week it finally stopped. Is this still normal or is there a chance I could be pregnant? It honestly doesn't make sense to me that I would be pregnant since I think I pretty much do everything correctly to prevent it, but I'm just a little nervous that it lasted so long. I also called my OBGYN office and talked to a nurse, who told me this was fine and that I should just finish out this pill pack normally and call back if it happens again next cycle. However, I tend to be a little paranoid about this kind of thing, this something that I should be worried about?? I'm supposed to get my period next weekend and I'm a little bit scared that I won't get it, but there's not much I can do about it until then...thanks for any advice!
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Are you up to date on STI screenings? If not, I'd suggest getting tested.

That said, it sounds like your problem with spotting started with this pill. Spotting doesn't decrease the effectiveness of a pill, but you may want to talk to your doc about switching to a different pill.

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I had a screening done about two months ago and it was clean. I've also only been with my boyfriend both before and after that so that should still be okay.
The first time this happened I also called my doctor and they told me the same thing, that I should call again if it happened the next month, but it hasn't ever happened for two consecutive months so I haven't actually been seen for it. But it's never lasted more than a couple of days before, which is why I was a little concerned this time that it was a week. I'm mostly just worried that it might be a pregnancy symptom, but it's sounding like that probably isn't what's causing it? Either way it is stressing me out a little so I think I will try and switch!

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