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when to expect period after taking birth control pill?

By March 1, 2016 - 7:16am
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I just started taking birth control pills, and I just finished my first pack (21 pills). I'm expecting my period this week - I just wanted to know on average how many days after the last pill (which was Saturday) can I expect my period to start? Thanks!

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Hello RK,

I am not sure there is an average number of days in which withdrawal bleeding should start. I would assume in a day or two of stopping the active pills and certainly during the week of inactive pills.

RK, if you do not have any bleeding, please contact your gynecologist.


March 1, 2016 - 9:37am
(reply to Maryann Gromisch RN)

Okay well now there is a dark brown discharge, which is like how it is when it's near the end of my period (sorry for too much TMI) but i'm not getting any cramps or anything else.
My boyfriend and I were messing around a few days ago (mostly hands and mouth stuff), but we didn't have sex and he didn't ejaculate. Is there a chance of pregnancy?

March 1, 2016 - 6:42pm
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Hello RK,

the more information you provide, the better reply I can provide.

As long as you have been taking your pill each day at the same time each day, you are protected from pregnancy.

The dark brown discharge is most likely old blood and uterine lining left from your last period. Considering that you just started taking birth control pills, your body is still adjusting to the hormones.

I do not think you have anything to worry about. But, you should feel free to discuss any concerns with your gynecologist.


March 2, 2016 - 10:42am
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