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ausam
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Hey there,

My friend asked me a question about birth control earlier and I didn't know what to tell her. I was wondering if you could help me out. She said,

"this month i have been very good and not missed a single pill but today i had some bleeding...almost like it was my period...but idk if it is or not...but i still have like 4 more regular pills left...so i am like a week early"

She was curious as to what the reason for this could be. We googled it and didnt have much luck finding anything helpful. Do you guy have any ideas I could pass onto her?

Thanks,

Ausam

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Heather
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Is she/has she been sexually active?

If so, it's always wise to be sure, especially if she isn't using latex barriers, that she's up-to-date with her screenings for STIs. I say that in part because unexplained bleeding can be a symptom of a couple STIs.

However, this also can be happening just because. Not everyone gets withdrawal bleeds only once the placebo period starts, and as well, breakthrough bleeding is something that happens with hormonal methods for some women sometimes. It's a fairly common event.

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ausam
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Yes she is sexually active, and she has been dating the same guy for I think two years, so I do not think it would be an STI.

I shall pass on the information you said to her. Thanks so much.

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Heather
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Dating the same person for years really isn't a reason to go without testing. Mind, if any two people HAVE been sexually exclusive that whole time and before ditching barriers did both have a full round of STI tests that all came up negative? Then yes, an STI is very unlikely.

But a lot of people don't both have all those tests before going without barriers, and we have to be realistic and also realize that it's very common for people not to be sexually exclusive who say they are. I know the latter is never fun to look at or deal with, but it is what it is.

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