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Okay so me and my boyfriend have sex quite frequently, but we're aways safe. I've been on Minestrin 1/20 since the end of November, and I've never missed one by more than one hour. We always use condoms for the entire time we are having sex. My periods (Since starting BC) have been VERY light, lasting only two or so days. I went on vacation, expecting my period on Wednesday, but it's now Sunday and it still isn't here. I feel like it's not going to come, and I'm a bit scared. Could it be possible that it was so light that I didn't even bleed at all?

It it normal to miss a period while in Birth Control Pills?

I have a 21 day pack, so I will resume taking my pills normally this wednesday. Is it possible that after wednesday my period might still come? Or does it work that after you start taking the pills, all bleeding will stop?

I'm pretty sure that I'm not pregnant, but when your period is late it's too easy to be paranoid. I had diarrhea about an hour after taking a pill one night, and I was worried. I asked my doctor and he said that it was probably fine, as it would take longer to get down to the bowels anyways.

What should I do if my period doesn't come?
Thanks for the help, I'm somewhat scared [Frown]

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Hi, Ghosty. Some women experience extremely light periods when using BCPs-- and it's not altogether uncommon for it to not show up once in a while. It's usually not a huge worry unless you go several cycles without any kind of withdrawal bleed, in which case you may want to visit your doctor to see what's happening (assuming pregnancy is not the issue).

Alternatively, sometimes the withdrawal bleed will appear later than we expect. It can sometimes start around the same time as you begin the active pills.

It sounds like you did not have a pregnancy risk, but if your period does not come and you're still worried, you can take a pregnancy test to confirm.

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