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Typical Young and Dumb Teenager?
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I'm on the pill- Ortho Tri-Cyclen- and I take it every day at seven in the morning. This month, however, I took the pill and hour an a half late, AND skipped one pill, which I took the next day along with the one I was to.

Because I recently started having sex again I guess I'm just a tad bit paranoid, but... I'm took my fourth white "withdrawl", or period, pill this morning, and I haven't started or had any signs of my period coming.

We were always safe when having sex, and if I had any risk, it was minimal. So, do you think my birth control isn't working? Or should I go take a test? I wouldn't worry so much, but I usually start on Monday or Tuesday. And since this is my third month on it, and the other two were normal..?

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You have a three hour window during which you can take your pill and consider it 'on time', so taking it an hour and a half after your pill time isn't late at all. That's totally fine.

It's also okay to have one late (as in, more than 12 hours past your pill time) or missed pill in a cycle. If you miss another pill, you'll want to back up with condoms for the rest of this pack, though.

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Typical Young and Dumb Teenager?
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I started later that day. I guess I was just stressing a little. [Wink]

And we ALWAYS use condoms for back up. I couldn't handle all the anxiety I'd experience if we didn't. But thanks for the information.

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Okay so, I started Wednesday.... and then I went off Saturday morning/day. Saturday evening I started again. I took my the first pill of my new pack at 7am this morning (Sunday), and when I woke up again around 9:30 I was still off. But I went to the bathroom around one this afternoon and I was back on, and now I'm off again. What's going on? I thought I was suppose to have my period on my "sugar pill" week. I keep going on and off, on and off. This is my third month taking the same pills. Should I talk to my doctor, or is this normal?

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Sometimes if you miss taking a pill on the day that you normally would, but take it the next day with another - you will have a withdrawal bleed that's a little different than normal. It's also not abnormal to notice changes in bleeding patterns the first few packs. And too, at the end of the cycle it does happen where part of the day you're bleeding and part of the day you're not. If you continue to have bleeding later in the month that's heavier than spotting,you may want to just check in with your doctor.

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