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Sugar Pills in Birth Control

By Anonymous September 17, 2009 - 1:16pm
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I am on Ortho Tri-Cyclen and last month, I missed a few pills and I am currently on the sugar pills of my pack and haven't started as of today, but still could in the next 3 days. I was wondering if the sugar pills will "make" me have a period even if I am pregnant, or will I just skip my period even while taking the sugar pills if I am in fact pregnant?

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Oh, sorry, I forgot to mention that I did double up on the pills I missed! I just didn't know to use a "back up method) for 7 days after, that's why I'm concerned.

September 17, 2009 - 1:54pm
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Glad to hear that you doubled-up, but (as you now know), it is also equally important to use a back-up method for 7 days, as the pill is less effective when missed (especially if you 2 pills in-a-row). If you miss more than 3 pills in-a-row, be sure to read the instructions, as most say to throw away the pack and start a new one on a certain day.

You may want to take a home pregnancy test if your period does not begin in the next few days. Good luck!

September 17, 2009 - 2:01pm

The "sugar pills" contain no active ingredients, and their only purpose are as a "place holder" to remind you to take your pills every day (so you know when to start your next pack).

You have your "period" or menstrual bleeding during the time of the 7 inactive pills because of the lack of hormones in your body; it is actually "withdrawal bleeding" that occurs (withdrawal from the active ingredients in the 21 previous pills).

Missing a "few pills" without doubling-up can increase your risk for pregnancy; may I ask why you did not double-up on pills after you missed a few (and/or used alternative form of birth control, like a condom?). If you are confused on how to double-up on pills after missing pills, I can help--just let me know!

Most women do not have periods when they are pregnant; bleeding during pregnancy is usually a sign of a pregnancy that is not viable, and any bleeding during pregnancy may be a sign of miscarriage, and should be immediately reported to your doctor. Spotting may occur during pregnancy (again, women would want to notify their doctor), but this would be different than a "period".

If you do not have a period this month, you can take a home pregnancy test, as they are about 99% effective at detecting the "pregnancy hormones" once a period is missed.

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September 17, 2009 - 1:35pm
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