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DarlingNikki
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I was doing some reading on the internet and came across this webpage that said "pregnancy may also cause bleeding during the pill cycle". I was extremely confused when I read this. It also said "If a full menstrual flow occurs while the woman is taking her pills, this usually means she has ovulated despite the BCPs." Is there any truth to these statements? Here is the link for the page as well http://www.brooksidepress.org/Products/Military_OBGYN/Textbook/Contraception/BCPs.htm
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Heather
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Well, for starters, I think you need to recognize that a page like that is not intended for patients/pill users, but for healthcare providers. Reading it as a user is likely to be confusing and be misinterpreted.

That said, usually, women using BCPs DO have shorter, lighter periods than when they are not, however, there are also other possibilities there, as some women do NOT experience that effect who also did not ovulate.

Pregnancy can create light bleeding sometimes, but that's something that happens less frequently than frequently.

Can I ask what information you were looking for at a page like that? I'd be happy to direct you to information meant for patients, not for providers.

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DarlingNikki
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I was looking for info about bleeding before the placebo week. With the current pill that I'm on I get my period while I'm still taking my active pills. This has been happening since I first stared the pill months ago. I always get my period during the third week.
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Heather
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That's something that happens for some women, it also seems to tend to happen a bit more with some pills than others, and it's also more common during the first few months of using a new pill.

If in doubt, your best bet, and what will probably leave you feeling the most secure, is to call your doctor or your pharmacist and just ask about it. Patient information is part of both of their jobs, jobs you pay them for. [Smile]

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