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Atonement
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I am on the pill and am using condoms. I take my pill within 5 minutes of the scheduled time each day, and I check with a pharmacist for interactions before taking any other medicines with it. In addition, I have used a condom every time, and they've never broken, slipped, ect.

However, My period is late. While I severely doubt i'm pregnant, I'm starting to get a little worried.

I was kind of irregular before i got on the pill. I've been on it for two months, and am at the point where i'm supposed to be having my second withdrawl bleed.

Last month, It came on the second day of taking the placebo pill. This month, It's the 4'th day, and still no bleeding. Also, I'm concerned that if it does come towards the end of the week, I won't "finish bleeding", and will keep spotting, like i did when first starting the pill.

It is normal to have this much difference from month to month whie you're on the pill?

Also, Is it too early to take a pregnancy test? The first time I had sex was a month ago, and the last time a week ago, with a handful of times in between. None of these encounters were any more risky that the others.

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Heather
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It can sometimes take more than two cycles of pills for your body to really get in a routine, so I'd generally not draw any conclusions about your body on the pill until you're past the first three packs. Even then, for some women, it can take a few more.

So, we're not really at what's normal yet when on the pill, if you know what I mean.

Per taking a pregnancy test, it's not too early for the risk from a month ago, and if your bleed is late, you can take a test for that last risk, too. With pregnancy tests, you want to take them either when a period (or withdrawal bleed) is late, or when it's been around two weeks since the last risk, whichever comes first.

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Atonement
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I'm going to drop by walgreens in a little bit to get a test, but what hapens if the test is negative and my bleed doesn't come? Will it be likely that I will spot during the month. Does it put me at any risk for hormone issues?

Ironically enough, I have a gyno exam day after tomorow, so I guess the best thing to do would be to talk to her about it. Are there any questions that you think I shoud ask her?

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Heather
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I'd just wait on the test until you see your OB/GYN: silly to spend money you don't need to.

I don't know what you mean by "hormone issues," but just missing a withdrawal bleed or having spotting don't present any health risks in and of themselves.

I don't know what to tell you to ask your doctor, because as I said, in the first few cycles of the pill, what's going on with you isn't unusual.

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