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Birth control, implantation bleeding

By Anonymous October 21, 2013 - 2:38pm
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I am currently on Loestrin 24 Fe and generally take it within a 2 hour span. A day after starting my newest pack, I was messing around with my boyfriend, and there was brief genital contact. There was no penetration and he did not ejaculate. I usually take my pill at 12:00AM, but that day, i took it 12 hours late. About 6 days later, I started experiencing brown spotting/bleeding, which has lasted for the last 3 days. Did I have a signficant pregnancy risk here? Could the spotting be implantation bleeding (what does it look like and how long does it last?), or is it more likely to be breakthrough bleeding from the pill? Thanks so much for your answer.

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My period isn due for another 2.5 weeks. I'm just worried because I've felt bloated and tired for the last couple of days. This also may be because I am currently going off of Effexor. So there was no significant pregnancy risk?

October 21, 2013 - 5:13pm
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Even though there was genital to genital contact, the risk of pregnancy is low because there was no ejaculation or penetration.


October 21, 2013 - 5:31pm

Hello Anonymous,

I would like to welcome you to the EmpowHER community and thank you for reaching out to us to help you with your health question.

I do not think there was a significant risk of pregnancy.

Implantation bleeding looks like pink or brown spotting. It usually occurs about 10 to 14 days after the actual day of conception. It only lasts for a day or two. Mild cramping can be associated with implantation bleeding.

Anonymous, since you experienced the spotting six days after messing around with your boyfriend, I do not think it was implantation bleeding.
Rather, it may have been breakthrough bleeding associated with taking your dose of birth control pill 12 hours later than usual.

When is your period due?



October 21, 2013 - 4:54pm
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