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Ok, my girlfriend has been on this new birth control for a while now (5 months or so) and she has had some irregular periods, as in she got one about a week early, even though she described it as almost being light enough to not even count as a period. I am not sure what she means by that, but this month, her period is (so far) a week late. She isnt very worried about this, since she takes her pill every night at the same exact time, but still I felt it couldnt hurt to hear some opinions on this matter. Should we be worried about this? I told her if she doesnt get it by this sunday then she should call her doctor just to make sure, and perhaps take a pregnancy test. Does that sound reasonable? Just looking for the insights of people more knowledgeable about this than I am.
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Has she had any pregnancy risk at all? Are you using any sort of birth control other than the pill?

If she doesn't have her period by the time shes due to start her new pill pack, she needs to take a pregnancy test. If it's negative, she should continue taking her pills as normal. If she misses the next period too or experiences any mid-cycle bleeding over the next few months, she should see her doctor about getting a different pill.

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Yes, she is at a risk of pregnancy, as we do have sex occasionally. No, we dont use back-up methods, just the pill. So, as for the "mid-cycle bleeding", is it possible that her period has changed from when it used to be to a new time?
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Amenorrhea (a fancy term for missed periods) is actually not a rare occurrence while taking the birth control pill; some pills thin the uterine lining so much, that at times, there's just plain nothing to shed.

This is why most pill packs will advise that one missed period here and there is nothing to be concerned about so long as the female has taken all the pills correctly. She needs only be concerned/take a pregnancy test if she has not, or if she misses her next withdrawal bleed.

As Hollie said, if the mid-cycle spotting is concerning her, she might ask her doctor to switch her to one where this is less likely to occur. [Smile]

ETA: Per her withdrawal bleed changing times, that's not really supposed to happen, no. It's supposed to arrive when the hormone pills are stopped. This doesn't mean they aren't working correctly, just that bleeding problems like this, especially after 5 months, probably indicates this isn't the best pill for her individual needs -- many women need to switch several times to find one with few side effects.

[ 10-12-2007, 01:17 PM: Message edited by: *Lauren* ]

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