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be bright
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I'm considering starting on the pill soon, but I'm going to see my boyfriend next week and we're probably going to have sex at least one of the days we see each other...and I'd rather not be bleeding, even a little!

Does spotting quickly follow starting the pill? Is there even an "estimated time" when stuff like that happens?

I realize these questions have probably been asked a million times...I checked "How the Pill Works" to make sure that wouldn't answer my question first! I would greatly appreciate if anyone could point me to a helpful, informational link on starting the birth control pill so I don't repeat myself too much here! [Smile]

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Karybu
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Honestly, this is one of those things where you just have to try a given method and see how it works with your body, because everyone responds to hormonal methods differently. Some women may notice spotting almost immediately when starting the pill, some not at all, and pretty much everything in between. It can even happen when someone has been on the pill for several months with no spotting/breakthrough bleeding up until that point.

To the best of my knowledge (hopefully if someone else knows of one they'll link you to it) there isn't an article that covers what to expect when starting the pill - the information that comes with every packet of pills lists some common side effects, and those side effects tend to subside after the first three months or so, but there's no guarantee which ones, if any, a given woman will experience.

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I get breakthrough bleeding on my current pill. Either my period will come a few days before the placebos, continue through the first week of the next pack, or when I'm very stressed. I spotted every single day through my first pack! Some pills will make some women spot all the time, every once in a while, or not at all. It just depends on your body type and how your body specifically responds to a pill formulation. If your current pill makes you spot more than you are comfortable with even after 3 cycles, go to your doctor and get another brand. Good luck!
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Thanks for the replies!

I'm nearing the end of my second cycle now and I'm happy/relieved to say that things have gone rather swimmingly. I'm glad the pill I'm using (Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo) is working well with my body; I sat in a Planned Parenthood for nearly four hours to wait for a free years' supply!

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