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Perfectly_clueless
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Okay ,I have a few questions about using the mini pill. Iv been on the mini pill for just over a month , yet it hasnt regulated yet. I bleed every day and was just wondering if this is normal?

Secondly the mini pill deffinately acts as a contraception?

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Heather
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The minipill is absolutely a method of contraception: it's just a bit less effective in typical use than the combination pill. It's 90% effective in typical use compared to the combined pill's 92%. But if you want to bump up effectiveness you can either backup with condoms OR skip out on intercourse (you can still have other kinds of sex if you like) from around days 8-18. Incidentally, those are the days it is VITAL to take those pills on time (within the 3-hour window the minipill requires).

Progestin-only methods like the minipill do have a common side effect of causing spotting or irregular bleeding. However, those effects are usually more profound when just starting a method: in another month or two, you may find that happens much less often.

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Thanks.
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