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Atonement
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I recently started my first pack of birth control (Ocella, the generic for Yasmin). I started the pill on the first day of my period. The period I had was much easier thanany of my pre-pill periods. Those periods lasted 5-6 days.

With the pill, my actual period only lasted about 4 days, but i have continued to spot steadily. I took my first placebo pill this morning, and though I'm still

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Sorry, It posted before i was ready, i'll continue where i left off:

Though I'm still spotting, my actual period hasn't come yet.

My doctor knows about the spotting, but she says i should wait a couple more cycles to see if my hormones regulate before i try something else.

So, I know it probably varies, but in general, how long after i start the placebos should I expect my period to come.

Also, does the spotting indicate any lack of protection? I had planned to wait at least until I'd finished the first pack before having sex, but should I wait until I stop spotting as well, or will I be ok? I'm planning on using condoms as well, but i still want to make sure my pill is fully functioning, as i want the maximum protection possible.

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eryn_smiles
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Hi atonement9,

I would expect you to start your withdrawal bleed some time during your placebo pills. (When someone is on the pill, we tend to call it a withdrawal bleed rather than a period, because you will not be ovulating or releasing eggs. You only shed the lining of your uterus). As you say, the exact time will vary and is hard to predict. You may even get that withdrawal bleed during your next pill cycle. As your doctor noted, its a good idea to try about 3 cycles to see if the bleeding becomes more regular and the spotting reduces or stops.

The spotting certainly doesn't indicate a lack of protection. If you are taking the pill at a similar time each day without missing any, it is safe to assume you are protected. However, I see that this is your first cycle of a new pill. We recommend using back-up protection such as condoms during that first month anyway. As you say, another method is to avoid any sex which involves pregnancy risk during that month. You do not need to wait until you stop spotting.

More info about the combined pill:
Combined Oral Contraceptives (The Pill)
The Buddy System: Effectiveness Rates for Backing Up Your Birth Control With a Second Method


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Atonement
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So, since I've been bleeding so much all month, is it possible that I not have a withdrawl bleed at all this month?
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Yes, that is possible. You may have it the following month.

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