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elephantine
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I've been on birth control, Orth-Novum 1/35, for four months now. For the first month, I actually had two periods, one at my normal time, and one during the placebo period. The second and third month I had normal periods, about five days each, only during the placebo period. I just finished month four and am on the placebos, day two, but I'm not having what I consider to be my "normal period." There isn't any real bleeding, though I've had some pink discharge. I also used a tampon, and taking it out, there didn't really seem to be any blood, but the more brown discharge I normally get towards the end of my period. Whenever I use the bathroom, there's no blood or period color to my urine either. I've read in places that this can be normal whilst on birth control, and I just wanted to check in with someone who knows more to make sure this counts as an "actual" period, and to make sure I don't have to worry about pregnancy or having to count this as a missed period, though I've been spot on with taking my pill. Thank you!
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Robin Lee
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HI There,

Especially during the first few months of taking birth control, though really it can happen any time, a withdrawal bleeds can vary. It sounds like yours is just very very light this month, and it certainly could get heavier over the next few days.

It doesn't sound like there's anything to be concerned about here, and this certainly isn't any indication of pregnancy.

Of course, it is helpful to remember that no birth control method is 100%, so if you are having the kinds of sexual activity that can lead to pregnancy, and you suspect a pregnancy, a test is the only way to tell for sure.

Again, though, what you're describing sounds like the variations a lot of people experience, especially in the first little while after starting the birth control pill.

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elephantine
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Thank you so much! As for pregnancy, we use combined withdrawal and my birth control, so I'm not worried, I just wanted to check in, since I hadn't experienced this before. Is there a reason why withdrawal bleeds vary so much?
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Robin Lee
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Well, initially, as in the first few months, it is your body getting used to the hormonal birth control. IN general, withdrawal bleeds can be affected by the same things that affect the menstrual period for folks who aren't on birth control: stress, diet or exercise changes, or just the natural variances of the human body.

I can't guarantee it of course, but I imagine that things will settle down for you in the next couple of months as your body continues to adjust to hormonal birth control. [Smile]

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