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Why would you be spotting if you skipped the 7 non-active pills?


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2004-06-08 20:13:40
2004-06-08 20:13:40

It happens very frequently when women try to skip the non-active pills to avoid getting her period. What most don't know and now you do is that many times it backfires and you end up spotting for longer than the period would have lasted. Skipping sugar pills can mess up your cycle.

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Normally you would take 3 weeks active pills, and 1 week nonactive. To skip your period you would take active pills in place of nonactive for the 4th week. When you would normally start a new pack, right after the 4th week, is when you would start.

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Yes it can cause spotting which would be classed as a mild withdrawal bleed and it also puts you at risk of pregnancy. You need to use a condom for 4 weeks

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You indeed can become pregnant if you missed 3 pills and are bleeding. The reason you would be bleeding or maybe spotting is because you're not taking the pills. If you've missed 3 pills in one pack, you should throw that pack away and start a new pack and definitely use backup protection!

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Since birth control has hormones in them and if you quit it can take a few months for your periods to settle down. Spotting is very common. However, it's always a good idea to see your doctor and have him/her explain everything to you.


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