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Bleeding though may be pregnant

By August 2, 2009 - 10:07pm
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I asked a question about getting pregnant on the pill, missing two in a row. My period isnt due for another 2 weeks, but i was wondering, if on the pill, your period is just in fact a "withdrawl" from the pill... could you still bleed if you are in fact pregnant when your "period" is due?
since a normal period is the shedding of the lining of the uterus and the Period on the pill is just a withdrawl, wouldnt you still have a withdrawl period on the pill even though you could be pregnant?
am i making sense?
someone atleast try and answer.

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i missed the two pills and had unprotected sex on both of those days. and then i didnt know i missed the pills until the time i was supposed to take my next one and i heard if you take two and the exact same time then you could get nausea and throw up which would get the pill out of your system anyways so i didnt take the pills

August 4, 2009 - 3:52pm

There's nothing wrong with testing at the end of the placebo pills just to be sure. However, you might want to wait and decide that based on how your period is. If it seems normal to you in all ways, that's a good sign that no pregnancy occurred. If it seems a little different to you in some way, a test may be called for -- just to relieve you, if nothing else.

Generally, when a woman misses two pills, the protocol is for her to take two pills two days in a row and practice an additional form of contraception for seven days. Is that what you did, or did you have "unprotected" sex around the time you missed those two pills?

August 4, 2009 - 8:11am

yes. it did help. thank you. so i am wondering though, at the end of this month if i should test just in case. i mean you say sometimes bleeding is normal and nothing is wrong. ive never missed two pills in a row AND in the first week. i think i should just test at the end of the placebo pills to make sure?

August 3, 2009 - 6:18am

Dear Help Me--

Great Question. Although you are not ovulating while on the pill you still have to shed the lining of your uterus to prepare your body for possible pregnancy the next month. The only difference is that since you aren't ovulating, no egg is released. This period occurs on the week that you take your placebo pills. You should not have a regular period and be pregnant, the reason behind this is because once your body starts producing the "pregnancy" hormone, HcG, this puts a halt to your period.

With that being said, you may still "bleed" and be pregnant. This bleeding would more than likely not be your period though, and it is likely to be a shorter, lighter period.
Heavy bleeding while pregnant should warrant a visit to the ER.

Some reasons for bleeding although you may be pregnant are:
-Implantation Bleeding (This is when your fertilized egg is implanting into the blood-rich lining of the uterus)
-Tubal pregnancy
-Ectopic Pregnancy
- Nothing wrong-- in rare instances, some women continue to bleed throughout their pregnancy. Their OB will continue to monitor them, but there may be nothing wrong with them or the pregnancy at all.

Was this your question? Hope it helped.

August 3, 2009 - 6:01am
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Hi Help Me,

I think this is a great question! I had never thought of it this way before and you are making total sense. I believe that if you have bleeding during your normal period time you are not pregnant, regardless of the reason for the bleeding ("withdrawal" from the pill and/or regular menstruation).

I will ask my moderators to research this further though and get back to you with additional information to clarify and/or add to my reply. Again, great question! Best in health, Michelle

August 2, 2009 - 11:29pm
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