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By Anonymous January 12, 2011 - 6:52pm
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I'm on birth control my first month i missed alot of my pills my second month i took my first 2 pills and on the night of my second pill i had unprotected sex. Days later i spotted then i came on my period it lasted for about 3 days my blood was kinda brown and when i wiped it was pink.After i went off i was still cramping then i started to spot again and it was a dark brown and when i wiped it was pink

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January 13, 2011 - 4:35pm

Hi Anonymous,
Anytime you forget to take your birth control pills and don't use a backup method of birth control (condom, spermicide, withdrawal), you put yourself at unnecessary risk for getting pregnant. So be sure to take your pills regularly to avoid any undue concern. If you find you have a lot of trouble remembering to take them, try to take them when you brush your teeth, or develop a similar habit of associating taking them with something you do roughly the same time every day.
In regard to your period, it is normal for you to have lighter or spottier periods when taking birth control, and they may be shorter in duration also. If you are continuously forgetting to take your pill, then then taking it late, or doubling up, etc., you can get what's called "breakthrough bleeding." Part of the beauty of taking birth control is that it is supposed to regulate your cycle. However, if you don't take it consistently, it won't be as predictable.
For more information, please review these articles: Missing Birth Control Pills and Concerned About Pregnancy: Q&A, and Oops! Missed Birth Control Pill Advocacy Sheet.
Good luck and let us know how you're doing.

January 13, 2011 - 7:34am
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