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Hey guys! Okay, so I started taking Nordette last Feb. 18, which was supposedly the first day of my menstrual cycle. I say 'supposedly', because, well, the flow wasn't exactly what I had expected. The menstrual blood was thin and milky brown in color, not chunky and dark red, like it usually is, so I had some doubts that it was my period. Then again, it fell on exactly the same day when I was supposed to get my period anyway, so I started taking the pill. After about two days of taking the pill, the bleeding stopped. I continued taking the pill until March 10, the 21st day. On the fourth day of my withdrawal period (March 14), I discovered that I was bleeding, but very lightly, and the color of the blood was again milky brown. Then, this morning (March 15), I woke up to find my pad soaked in thick dark red blood, the kind I usually get during my regular period.

Now, my question is this: How do I know if I am experiencing withdrawal bleeding and not regular menstrual bleeding? If I, for whatever reason, mistakenly begin my Nordette regimen on a day other than the first day of my menstrual cycle, will that affect its potency?

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Bleeding that starts the day your period is due is very likely to BE your period, so it sounds like you did start the pill on the first day of your period.

But regardless of when you start the pill, it will offer full protection by the end of the first pack. It is recommended to start it with your period to make the adjustment easier on your body and to decrease the chance of side-effects in terms of irregular bleeding, but ultimately it's up to you when you want to start.

So, as long as you've been taking the pill as directed (same time every day, no late or missed pills), you can assume that the pill is working as it should. It just may take a while for your body to adjust to the hormones, and that's why you're seeing such confusing bleeding. It should start to become more regular after the first 2-3 months on the pill.

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Thank you so much! I got worried about the period thing, because there have been times that I would bleed for a day or two, stop, then bleed again the week after that. It gets confusing [Razz]
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