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Bleeding after stopping pill, could I be pregnant?

By Anonymous May 14, 2010 - 12:39pm
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I have been on the pill (Desogen) for about 11 years, I am 28 years old. I decided recently (about 5 days ago) to stop taking it because I would like to conceive in the near future. My last period (on the pill) was April 28th through May 1st. I was unable to start my next pill pack on time (I'm a sunday starter, so it would have been may 2nd). I ended up not being able to start til late Tuesday night (May3rd) and I took two pills (Sunday and monday). Then Wednesday, I know I was supposed to take 2 more (for Tuesday and Wednesday) but I only took Tuesdays. Then Thursday Night I took two, and by Friday, I was actually on fridays pill, took that, and then continued normally til Sunday. During this bout of very poor pill taking behavior, I had a lot of unprotected intercourse, and my partner ejaculated inside me each time. I decided this past Monday (May 10th) that I was going to discontinue the pill. I had mixed feelings about doing it without finishing the pack, but I spoke to my mom and she said it was ok to stop anytime. So Sunday's (the 9th) was the last pill I took in my pack. I had unprotected intercourse on monday night. Yesterday (Thursday) morning, my partner and I again had unprotected sex at around 930 AM. At about noon, we were at lunch and I had a severe bout of nausea and ran to the bathroom. I found I had a light pink color on the toilet paper, nothing in my underwear. As the day progressed the light pink turned into brown sticky discharge, and by the evening, I used a regular tampon because I didn't know if it was going to turn into a period. Overnight, I also used a tampon and when I took it out this morning, it was definitely full, mostly brown and some rust color. Definitely a lot more "clumpy" and "mucousy" than the periods I experienced on the pill...

So with all that being said, I assume I am experiencing a typical withdrawal bleed from stopping the pill after only 1 week of very poorly taking it. I am concerned because I know women do get pregnant when they miss pills, etc. and I'm wondering if I could possibly be pregnant, even though I have had this bleeding/discharge. I also would like to know when I could take an EPT just to be sure one way or another. if I had been taking my pills correctly, I would have expected my period on May 26th.

Thanks, and look forward to your response!!

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Thanks again Susan, I will definitely update with my (hopefully!) progress. Also, one last question for now...is implantation bleeding a lot different than the kind of bleeding I am experiencing? I would also like to know the characteristics of implantation bleeding for future reference as well....since I have read that some women mistake them for a period, and others say they are much different than a period.


May 14, 2010 - 2:56pm
(reply to Anonymous)

Hi, Anon,

Let me echo Susan's wishes for good luck in conceiving!

Implantation bleeding, if there is any at all, tends to be just like spotting. It's more along the lines of one day of a panty liner as opposed to a few days of tampons or pads. And some women have none at all. BabyMed.com refers to it as "scanty" and usually pinkish or brownish in color.

May 17, 2010 - 10:15am
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Anonymous (reply to Diane Porter)

Thanks Diane! I'm guessing what I had (it has now stopped as of yesterday, Sunday) was just my body reacting to not being on the pill anymore. I don't know what to expect now, I'm just going to stay healthy, not stress, and hope for the best! I've heard some women can get pregnant pretty soon after stopping the pill, even after being on it for so long, so hopefully, I will be one of those women too!!


May 17, 2010 - 2:31pm
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