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3 active pills away from the inactive pills, but I have some brown spotting?

By January 11, 2012 - 1:21pm
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Is this normal? Hi Rosa, I am kinda worried, last month my period was on time and it happened on the fourth day of the inactive pills while on Ortho Tri Cyclen lo..this month I am the 3rd active pill away from being on inactive pills, therefore I should get my period on Sunday. I have been sexually active but I have taken the pill on time, regularly, and my boyfriend uses condoms and does not ejactulate....I am really worried that something can be wrong. I am starting to spot kind of a light pinkish color, it seems like it could be breakthrough bleeding. :( I am really scared its my fourth month with this specific brand.

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Thinking about it, because you switched brands, your body may be adjusting. Try to relax. Once your doctor is available, speak with her.


January 13, 2012 - 6:18pm

I experienced spotting the first cycle for two weeks because i switched brands and then the second cycle it was a week before the inactive pills, the third cycle was perfect and this one isn't, i took a pregnancy test to rule that out and i am not, and I can't call my doctor because she works certain days. :( so I am kind of at a stand still as to what could possibly be going on, I have been stressed, I do drink coffee everyday, I take my pill every day at the same time on the dot. This is just freaking me out :(

January 11, 2012 - 6:33pm

Hi Rosa,

Spotting while on the active pills is very common in the first cycle of pills or if pills are missed or taken late. Usually, spotting improves as you continue additional cycles of pills and should not be occurring by the end of the third cycle.

I am concerned that you have experienced spotting for the first time during your fourth cycle of pills.

Give your gynecologist a call and mention this.



January 11, 2012 - 5:26pm
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