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DuesExMachina
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hey... right after my last period, I started taking the pill. I was on it for a week but I couldn't stand the nausea, so decided to go off. I've had sex once since then, and we used a condom 100% of the time.

Anyways, I'm getting to be pretty late for my period. If I'd never taken the pill for that week, it would have been due 4 days ago. If I'd continued taking the pill, it would have been due 9 days ago. Either way, its getting to be late.

I know that there's no 100% safe sex, so I will take a pregnancy test in the next few days just to be sure. But I'm quite sure my chances are minimal, so my question is: does anyone know the science behind how going OFF of birth control pills may/will affect periods? It would be helpful, its been hard to find resources detailed enough.

Thank you so much!!

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Heather
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Think about it this way: one week of the pill is still more hormones than one dose of Plan B, which often can toss cycles out of whack for some time.

So, that week tossing your period off course for a cycle or two would not be unrealistic.

I don't see that you had a pregnancy risk here, but if taking a test will make you feel better, by all means, do. Otherwise, unless you don't see your period or spotting over the next three cycles, I wouldn't see a need for alarm.

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