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srk20
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I've been on hormonal birth control for the past 1 year and I've been a perfect pill user ( never taking pills more than an hr between) but last night I totally forgot to take my pill [Frown] I usually take it around 1030pm, I just woke up right now around 650AM and took it as soon as I remembered, so it's been about a 9 hr difference. It was the Tuesday pill of the second week in the pack. Does this count as a missed pill? Is my protection compromised? Also, I just went to the bathroom
(number 2) after taking it. It wasn't diarrhea it was the normal bowel movement that I have every morning, but not sure if it can affect the absorption. Do I have to do anything now or do I keep taking the rest of my pills at night as normal.

Please me know!

[ 04-25-2012, 09:03 AM: Message edited by: srk20 ]

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You don't have to consider a pill late until it has been more than 12 hours since your regular pill time. So, since it has been only 9 hours, you don't have any reason for concern.

A regular bowel movement also won't affect your protection.

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Okay thank you so much. Since i took my pill later than usual Does this mean that i might experience some breakthrough bleeding or a change in my withdrawal bleed? I also have another question. I'm going in to the dentist to get a root canal done and they said that I'll need to take antibiotics. Can you please tell me which antibiotics do not compromise the effectiveness of the pill?
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Taking the pill a bit later than usual may cause some spotting, but since it's a one off deal and you weren't that terribly late, it's pretty unlikely.

As far as the antibiotics go, you will want to ask your doctor or pharmacist about this. Whenever you are prescribed medication, it's a sound idea to mention all medications you are already taking, so that the doctor or pharmacist can talk to you about possible drug interactions.

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So it's been a month since my last withdrawal bleed. The last one I got was wednesday a month ago, and on the last pill that I was on, I got all my bleeds on the same day of the 4th week of the pack. However on this new pill (which I've been on for 2 cycles now), I should've gotten my bleed today and I still haven't. Should I worry about this? Could that missed pill in the middle of the pack have affected anything?
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Just as it takes the body a while to adjust to the pill when someone first starts to take it, it can take a while for the body to adjust to a new pill brand. Your withdrawal bleed not coming today isn't anything to worry about.

What day of your placebo pills are you on?

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Well I started on Sunday so tonight (Wednesday night) will be my 4th pill, I've taken 3 placebo pills so far. I looked on the Aviane insert and it said that withdrawal bleeds should start after 3 placebo pills which is kind of what sparked the thought in my head that it should be here right now because I started on Wednesday last month
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It can take a few cycles of taking a new pill before your body settles in. The fact that your withdrawal bleed hasn't arrived yet isn't abnormal/worrying. [Smile]

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So I got my withdrawal bleed on Thursday, a day later than I expected it. Its different through. My bleeds are usually light brown spotting on the first day, heavy red/maroon with tissue on the second and finish up brown spotting on the third day. This bleed has been light brown spotting for the past two days only when I while or use a tampon. Should this be worrisome to me? Can it be implantation bleeding?
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I'm gong to hold a line I've talked about us holding that I think is really important. Becoming pregnant, after all, isn't an issue of birth control working or not first, there has to have been some potential, real risk of pregnancy in the first place.

In the last cycle, have you engaged in any of the kinds of sex -- namely, genital intercourse -- that can present a risk of pregnancy?

If not, then no, this cannot be implantation bleeding because you cannot have become pregnant.

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No I don't think I've had any of those risks. Is it normal for withdrawal bleeds to change consistency like this? I always bleed a lot but this time there's no such blood
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You would know if you'd had those risks, yes?

And yes, it is normal for withdrawal bleeds to change consistency. You've probably seen me say before that our bodies are not machines. Changes in amount, duration, etc, of in a withdrawal bleed are par for the course of having a human body.

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