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Hi, all.

I am sexually active. I take oral contraceptives and always use condoms. This month I was one day late in starting my birth control because I had trouble filling my prescription. My doctor advised me that this may increase my chances of getting pregnant, but said I should be fine so long as I used a second barrier method, like condoms.

Unfortunately, I'm about two days late starting my period, and I'm starting to get concerned. I have all the usual symptoms (bloating, cramps, fatigue) but so far nothing is happening. I've taken two home pregnancy tests (one on the day of my expected period, and one the day after) and both were negative.

Should I be concerned? Is it possible that starting my pills late has caused my cycle to be longer?

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Starting your pills a day late could be having an effect, but sometimes withdrawal bleeds just start a bit later for no apparent reason. Just like there can be some variation in your cycle when you are not on the pill, it isn't unusual for withdrawal bleeds to vary by a day or two.

You've had two negative pregnancy tests, and used condoms correctly, so I don't see a reason to be concerned about pregnancy here.

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