I started the Pill 2 and a half years ago due to unbearable periods, and since it did not help them at all was advised to take the packs back-to-back. I have not had a cycle since September 2007.
My usual symptoms were moderate cramping at the two-week interval and two days before my period, with severe cramps for the first two days which then reduced. I also suffered from extreme mood swings around my period. My cycles were regular at 25-28 days and light. I have been loosely diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome.
Currently I am taking important exams and I'm very stressed. I've noticed things haven't seemed right recently; 2 weeks ago I had cramps for one day and a tiny spot of blood, but I had been very unwell with vomiting and diarrhoea for five days in the previous week, so presumed it was down to that. However on Wednesday and Thursday of this week I had cramps, and on Thursday I thought I noticed a tiny brown smudge. Yesterday I found myself feeling extremely emotional, the pains started up again and sure enough, another tiny smudge. I'm in a little pain today (Sunday) and think there was a spot of blood this morning although nothing since. I also suffer from pain during intercourse which had improved, but for the past week it has become much worse.
I haven't missed any pills but I wonder if I might be on my period and if this could all be related to my current stress level? Also, does it affect the contraceptive protection of my Pill?
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