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I have been using the same brand of birth control pill for over 3 years now, and for some reason this time, I am experiencing some spotting. I will be on the placebo week next week, and I know spotting can occur, but I wasn't sure if I should be concerned where I never have before the whole time I have been on it and where no external factors have changed. It wouldn't be a sign of possible pregnancy, would it?
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You can read here about how problematic it is to even be talking pregnancy "signs": Chicken Soup for the Pregnancy Symptom Freakout's Soul.

Spotting is a possible side effect of the pill, and side effects can happen at any time when you are using a medication, even if they have not for years of using them in the past.

If you have been having the kind of sex that can result in pregnancy, since the pill is not 100% effective, as no method is, if you miss a withdrawal bleed, or are just concerned about a possible pregnancy, the only sound next step is always to test.

If you are engaging in sex without also safer sex -- condoms and testing for everyone -- then I'd just get current with your testing, to be sure the spotting isn't about an infection, but otherwise, what's most likely is you are just experiencing a side effect.

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You are correct that spotting can be a side effect of birth control pills, so that is probably what is occurring here.

As to whether or not it's a sign of pregnancy: first, have you engaged in any behaviors that carry that risk lately? And, only a minority of women will experience any type of bleeding when pregnant, so it is not that common of a side effect (a far, far greater indicator is a missing period)

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