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12redtulips
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Hi,
So I've been on a tri-cyclin for about 2 years, and have never had problems with spotting until I started my most recent pack on the last saturday in June.
I was about 3 hours late starting this pack because I was in the hospital after having to get my stomach pumped. Technically, I was still on my withdrawal bleed when my stomach was pumped (so I guess that means there shouldn't have been any of the birth control hormones in my system to be removed at that point?).
Anyway, after I started this pack, I had spotting for 4 days into my first week (until tuesday.) It stopped for a few days, but this sunday (the second day of my second type of active pills) I noticed some light spotting that has continued through today.
I'm worried about this because I have never had spotting issues with the pill before. I have no reason to suspect pregnancy (the last time I had sex, which was with a condom, was a few days before my most recent withdrawal bleed and a little over 2 weeks ago. Before that, I hadn't had sex since my previous withdrawal bleed). I also don't have a reason to suspect an STI/STD.
I suppose my main questions are: Is the spotting from starting my pack late and/or getting my stomach pumped, or should I be concerned about another issue? Should I see a doctor about this?

Thanks for your help!

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Heather
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Do you mind letting us know why your stomach needed to be pumped? I ask because it seems very possible something that required that kind of care, all by itself, could be why you're having spotting when you haven't before.

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12redtulips
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It was for alcohol poisoning.
And, as I don't remember much from that evening, I have been assured by my boyfriend and a close friend that I didn't have any sex that night, so it wouldn't affect my pregnancy risk

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Heather
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Okay.

So, even without having your stomach pumped, drinking alcohol, especially at the kind of levels that result in alcohol poisoning, has been shown in several studies to often effect the menstrual and fertility cycle. And that's just as true for people not using hormonal methods as for those using them.

That kind of drinking does a serious whammy on your whole body, as you already know, and that can include your reproductive system. It's much more likely about/related to all of this than starting a pack just a few hours late.

Are you okay, by the way? Need to talk about whatever went down that night?

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12redtulips
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Thank you so much for your help! It has been very reassuring to learn this information.

I'm fine, excepting a little dehydration and embarrassment over the things I did that night. My boyfriend was very concerned, and I'm adjusting my drinking habits to prevent this from happening again.

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