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bevyf
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My baby (first) is 12 weeks old. At 7 weeks I started birth control for about a week but then forgot for a few days and my period started so I waited for a few days until it began to taper off then I continued with my pills. I didn't take the placebo pills at the end of the month as I had just had a period half way through the month. I was sexually active the whole time.
Beginning Wednesday I had some brown spotting for a few days but mostly only when I wiped. I was concerned 5he spotting may have been implantation bleeding so Friday I took a pregnancy test which came back negative. Today (Monday) I had sex in the morning and have had light bright red bleeding for a few hours which is now tapering off. Do you think all these bleedings are from birth control break through bleeding or possibly pregnancy but it was too early when I tested? I was also a little crampy and really bloated during the week while spotting.

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Starting and stopping hormonal birth control and skipping the placebo week are both things that can mess with your cycle and cause irregular bleeding. (It takes a few months for the body to adjust to the extra hormones as well, so that could be part of what's going on here too.)

What's most common with pregnancy is a lack of bleeding, and you've had a negative pregnancy test, but if you want to double check the results of your test, you can definitely go ahead and test again.

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That makes sense. I guess I wasn't thinking that I was pregnant because of thus bleeding but worried that I am pregnant and now bleeding. I've had a miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy and a healthy baby and with all 3 had bleeding for different reasons.

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So, you know how unpredictable all of this can be.

But you also have that negative test. To boot, are you breastfeeding? If so, as you also likely know, that would make another pregnancy now, even without the pill, very unlikely.

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No I'm not breastfeeding. With my first 2 pregnancies I never got a positive home test only knew from blood hcg-and my last pregnancy I had a negative one week, a negative the next week, then finally a positive 2 weeks after that! I'm guessing I'm not pregnant though, probably just pregnancy paranoia! But I guess there is nothing else I can do but wait and see I was just curious for another opinion.

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Well, given your history, and having a brand new kid, no less, I would say a little panic and question seems understandable. [Smile]

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