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hellolover
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I just started birth control (Ortho Tri Cyclen Lo) with my last period which started on July 6th, and I got what seems to be my period, but I am not sure because it's all brown blood, and a little red blood!! Also, today is only the 30th of July which means that I have had like two periods in one month! I am on the sugar pills now, but my period did not start exactly the same day I ended up on the sugar pills! Is this normal??
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Karybu
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It is perfectly normal. Your period won't always start on the first day of the sugar pills - it can take a couple of days for the hormone levels in your body to drop enough to trigger a bleed. Also, it's very common to have lighter/shorter periods on BC, and for the first few months to be a bit wonky. After a few cycles, you should notice your body settling into a pattern, but don't expect your periods on BC to be exactly the same as they were before you started taking it.

Per the two periods in one month, that's not an issue. There are 21 active pills per pack of Ortho Tricyclen Lo, and 7 sugar pills. So, 28 pills - most months have more than 28 days, and sometimes it works out that you get two periods in one calendar month. But that can happen even off of birth control, because your body doesn't care what calendar month it is, it only matters how many days each cycle is. Make sense?

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hellolover
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Thank you so much!! I understand..although, I think my period only lasted today. However, I was reading other posts and I kept seeing the term 'withdrawal bleed/blood' used, do you know what that means?
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Karybu
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'Withdrawal bleed' refers to the period you have on the pill - because when you're on the pill, you don't get a real period, the bleeding you experience is because of a drop in hormones during the sugar pills or pill-free week.

This might make it a bit clearer for you how the pill works: http://www.scarleteen.com/forum/ultimatebb.php?/ubb/get_topic/f/21/t/000351.html

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