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okay. i've been taking Nortrel 7/7/7 as a contraceptive method since February of this year. i am also a Sunday Starter. unfortunately, i am also not a perfect user, because i do sometimes miss pills, but when i do not, i try to take them at the same time every day.

in the three months I have taken this bcp, I have had no withdrawal bleeds, technically. The first month, February, i didn't begin my first-ever pack til the end of my cycle. in March i had no withdrawal bleeding, but only experienced a little spotting. now April has come, and I am experiencing terrible cramps and some spotting that could possibly develop into a bleed - though i am still mid-pack for this month.

is just a normal way of my body adjusting to bcp, or should i see a doctor?

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So, if I'm correct, you're currently on your third pack?

By that time, I'd say it could go either way. It's been long enough that it's not unreasonable for you to expect your body to have adjusted, but still a short enough time that it could just be your body adjusting. Also, missing pills could very easily cause the symptoms you're describing.

I'd finish out this cycle, and then see how you're doing. If you still don't have a significant bleed at the end of this pack, I'd suggest checking in with your doctor.

Have you considered hormonal methods that you don't have to remember each day? You mentioned that you're having difficulty remembering, and using something like the ring could solve that problem.

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yes, you're right, third pack.
i'm experiencing a withdrawal bleed right now, actually. but weirdly, i'm in the middle of my pack, so i kinda just kept going with the pills :/

i might actually consider the ring, because i'm finding bcp really hard to keep track of.

thanks.

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Particularly if you are using the pill as your primary method of birth control, switching to something that works better with your lifestyle/habits/personality is probably a really good choice.
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