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ask: I missed aprox. 5 pills on my first week......

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Due to circumstances out of my control I missed aprox. 5 pills in my first week. I was told by several people that if I doubled up for a few days in a row to get caught up that I should be okay. After I got caught up I just kept on going through my pack like normal. I was due to hit my inactive pills on Sunday the 24th. Last week I had bleeding, it was spotting on and off and would get heavy during sex, at night, and some times randomly during the day. Since I've been on the pill my breasts have not gotten larger but have been fuller and have been slightly sore. Now they are bigger and are very sore. It hurts to slightly touch them. I have been feeling tierd lately but I have also just made a big and stressful move. Today out of no where I suddenly felt over-whelmed by the urge to be sick. I had pains in my lower abdomen and felt like I may need to throw up. About 5 mins later I had to rush to the bathroom because my belly was lurching and I knew I was going to be sick. I have also developed diarrhea in the last week. On top of that I had two UTI's in two weeks.

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Alison Beaver

Hi,

It is important to follow the instructions provided by your specific pill pack, and if you did not keep a copy, then you can search online under your specific brand, and the drug company usually has a pdf-version of the instructions.

Planned Parenthood has a wonderful site that details (in easy-to-read table format) what to do if you missed a pill (or 5)!

I understand missing pills, even up to 5, as many women travel and may have forgotten to pack their pills. Have you been taking your pills regularly since this time?

However...did you also have unprotected sex during that one-week time of missed pills? I'm confused by this, I guess.

According to the chart by Planned Parenthood (and, assuming your birth control pills are the combination pack):
"Missing 3 or more pills in week 1 means you need to:
- Take a pill as soon as you remember.
- Take the next pill at the usual time.
(This means you may take two pills in one day.)
- Use backup protection (condom) for the next seven days"

So, it is important to know when you had unprotected sex. Was it within the first 2 weeks of your pill pack?

When was the date of your last menstrual period, and what was the expected date of your next menstrual period? Am I correct that your period is due today (Sunday 24th)? The bleeding/spotting you are experiencing is a normal part of taking the pill irregularly.

I am skeptical on your symptoms as being signs of pregnancy, as those you mention are usually (not always) more indicative of pregnancy that is further along (you would only be a few weeks, and there is typically none to mild symptoms). I am also skeptical because the bleeding that you described is not usually considered normal in a viable pregnancy, but there are always exceptions (please remember: I am not your doctor, and am basing this information on the general population). However, many pregnancy symptoms do begin around the time of your expected period, but those same symptoms can also indicate pre-menstrual syndrome.

Have you started your period yet?
If no, have you taken a home pregnancy test? This is an important step, and can ease your mind and give you the information you are seeking. How do you feel about this?

You also mentioned UTIs. These are not a common sign/symptom of pregnancy, but do occur from bacteria in your urinary tract, most notably from intercourse.

Please let us know how you are doing, and if you need any help or support, whatever the results of your test.

May 24, 2009 - 8:13am
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