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summerlove07
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So over the past year and a half I've been on three different birth control pills. My periods came at the wrong time on Lutera, as with Ortho tri-cyclin lo. Now I've been on Ortho-Cyclin for about three months (the doctors at Planned Parenthood gave it to me because it is the highest-dose BCP they have) and so far my periods are coming at the right time.

However, I'm scared that over time my periods will start to come at the wrong time again, like what happened on the other pills. I'm assuming that an irregular cycle on the pill indicates a lack in the pill's effectiveness.

I know certain factors alter the pill's effectiveness--like missing pills, taking them at the wrong time, using them with antibiotics, vomiting, etc. However, I am careful to avoid these factors to the best of my ability.

Is there any reason to think that birth control pills just don't work for me? I'm not overweight, nor do I smoke.

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Heather
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You assume incorrectly: not having withdrawal bleeds on the same day every cycle does NOT mean your pill is any less effective.

Given how many pills you have taken in this year, it may just be that your body takes a bit longer to adjust to the pill than for some other folks: in general, I'd give a pill at least a few months before you figure that given pill is a problem for you per withdrawal bleed regularity.

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summerlove07
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What I mean is I'd get my withdrawal bleed for a week during the second week of my 4-week cycle, and sometimes another one during the placebo pill week.

So I used to always get my period during the weeks of the active pills, rather than the placebo ones.

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