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Rolta
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A few months ago I made a post about how I started a new type of birth control pill and my periods were really irregular. My period is 4 weeks late and I'm a bit worried about it. There is a slight risk of pregnancy because in the month before my missed period I had sex with my boyfriend without a condom, but he didn't ejaculate and I already take birth control so the risk is very minimal. I've taken four at home pregnancy tests since my last period and all of them have come up negative, the last one I took was two days ago. Should I be worried about this? I've never been this late on a period. I'm on my placebo week for my current pill pack but I don't feel like I'm about to bleed. I've also noticed a tightness during sex that I usually experience right before I'm about to get my period, but I've had this feeling for more than a week. Is it possible that my period's ready but it's not being released for some reason?
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Rolta
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And btw, I'm on a low-dose combination pill
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Rolta
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Can I have a reply please? Since I took so many pregnancy tests and they all came out negative should I just assume that everything's ok? Or is there any reason for me to contact a doctor? I've been reading online that it's normal not to have periods on low dose pills but I've also read that I should see a doctor if I don't have my period for two months.
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Robin Lee
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For most women, the withdrawal bleed comes during the week of the placebo pills. Because there are no hormones in the placebo pills, the body can shed the uterine lining. The uterine lining is usually thinner because of the pill and some women do miss withdrawal bleeds.

If you have taken several pregnancy tests and they have come up negative, there's no reason to think that you are pregnant.

You're right that every time one has sex, even when one is on birth control, there is a risk of pregnancy. To give you an idea of the Pill's effectiveness: It's been shown to be 99% effective with perfect use, and 92% effective with typical use.

Of course, if you continue to not get a withdrawal bleed each month and this concerns you, you can consult your doctor, as you can always do if something doesn't feel right with your body.

You may already have seen this, but just for your reference here's an article with all sorts of info about the pill and the way it works with the body.

Three questions about taking the birth control pill (and plenty of answers)

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