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Mariel
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I've been on Ortho Tri Cyclen for almost a year now (I switched to a different brand to try for a month, though. I didn't like it and switched back to Ortho). Strangely, though, my period started much earlier than normal this past pill pack- whereas I normally get my period on the second day of my inactive pills (Friday), my period came during my third week of active pills (on that Sunday- 5 days before it should come). I spotted red for a few days, which turned into a full-on period by Wednesday. Anyway, my period ended early (since it started early), which left me taking inactive pills for a few days without any bleeding- can this compromise the effectiveness? I took the pills the same time every day, even when I had my abnormally early period, but for some reason I feel like since I wasn't bleeding, I could have ovulated (even though I took my pills regularly?)

I'm sorry if this is confusing- I'm really just wondering if having an early period makes my pill ineffective since I'm taking my inactive pills and not bleeding anymore. Also, is getting an early period (it wasn't spotting- MUCH too heavy and long for spotting) normal on the pill? This hasn't happened to me before

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Heather
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This does not likely have anything to do with your pills effectiveness.

Just to be sure: are you all up-to-date with your annual GYN exams and with testing for all STIs? I ask because I'd want to make sure the bleeding isn't because of an infection or other condition.

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Mariel
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I am- all tests are negative. I know it sounds silly, but is there any way that this bleeding could have not, in fact, been my period? Everything about it (other than it's early start date and the fact that it was unusually long) was just like my periods usually are. Are there any complications (or pregnancy symptoms?) that resemble what I've experienced?
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Karybu
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It's pretty unlikely that this was something other than your period - what is most common with pregnancy is a total lack of bleeding, and if bleeding looks and feels like a period, that's most likely what it is. Sometimes, even on the pill, periods show up a bit early or late. Hormonal fluctuations can still happen even with hormonal birth control, and other factors can influence when a period arrives as well.

If this keeps happening over the next few months, then you can talk to your doctor about possibly switching methods or pill brands, but once isn't something to be concerned about.

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