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GhostyGhostyy
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how long does an average period last when on the pill? Because I just got mine, and it seems like it might only last 1-3 days....is that normal?

sorry for all the posts! it just seems like this one is really short. I've only been on the pill for three-four months, so maybe im jus not used to it.

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Heather
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It really varies from person to person. Some women on the pill will find only one swipe of red discharge in a whole placebo week, some have light flow for a few days, some have withdrawal bleeds that are pretty much like the periods they had when not on the pill.

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GhostyGhostyy
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So if that's true, then how could some women tell that it IS actually their period, and not early-pregnancy bleeding or spotting beccause of something else?
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Heather
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I tel you guys this a lot, but I really need all of you to understand that what is MOST common with pregnancy is a LACK of bleeding. Bleeding with pregnancy is more rare, and bleeding that happens when a period or withdrawal bleed is expected is usually exactly that.

But for anyone who feels that bleeding is not enough for them to know they're not pregnant, they certainly can keep pregnancy tests around and take one when in doubt. In terms of unexplained bleeding that may be due to infections, women manage that by simply staying current with their sexual healthcare, including yearly (or more often, depending) STI tests.

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GhostyGhostyy
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Okay thank you, I didn't know that early-pregnancy bleeding was rare. [Smile]
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