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libertinedreamer
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My boyfriend and I use both the pill and condoms every time we have sex because pregnancy is absolutely not an option for either of us.

Even though we are so careful about this I have noticed some changes such as nausea, heartburn and breast growth in the last month which I know are early signs of pregnancy.

I've just had my period and it was reasonably heavy but I've read stories of women continuing to have periods throughout their pregnancy. I am also aware that periods on the pill are withdrawal bleeds and not natural.

So I was wondering if it is possible for me to be pregnant but still have periods? Or are these symptoms more likely to be side effects caused by the pill I am on?

Thanks for your help!

P.S. I realise this may sound paranoid and I am simply curious rather than seriously worried. I know the chances of both the pill and condom failing are very low!

[ 03-03-2008, 12:26 PM: Message edited by: libertinedreamer ]

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Heather
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How long have you been taking the pill for, libertinedreamer?

(And just to make clear, noticeable breastgrowth is not something we see in early pregnancy: breast tenderness, for sure, but growth is something that tends to occur a bit later in the game. Too, women cannot have periods during pregnancy: they may experience unexplained bleeding or spotting, but unless there is a problem with the pregnancy, that bleeding will tend to be light, and not on a regular schedule as periods are.)

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libertinedreamer
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3 months, do you think it's just my body getting used to it?
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Heather
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Yep, that's likely what's going on. You're still a very new pill user.

If it helps you to understand, some of why we see similar effects of the pill that we see with pregnancy it's because of similar increases in hormone levels.

Mind, these side effects for you may be temporary, or they may be ongoing with the pill. Slight nausea and heartburn, for example, aren't uncommon as ongoing side effects for many women using OCPs.

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libertinedreamer
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Thank you! I thought that might be the case, but I wanted to make sure just in case.

:-)

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