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First Month of Birth Control... Menstural Cycle Question!

By September 24, 2011 - 10:21am
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This is my first time using birth control, it's the pill. The brand is TriCyclen-Lo.
I was placed on the pill to help regulate and lighten my heavy, irregular periods, as well as to protect myself from pregnancy.
I am sexually active and I followed the website's advice of waiting at least a week before becoming sexually active again once I started using the pill.
I waited a week and just over a half before my boyfriend and I decided to have unprotected sex and he ejaculated inside. I feel pretty confident in the pill's protection.

Now it's the end of my first package of pills, I've been taking the placebos since Thursday. Now it's Saturday, and my period has not seemed to have started normally.
There is an abundance of cervical mucous, except it's lightly streaked with blood.
Is this normal?
Could I be pregnant?
I'd love some advice, please.

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Great News, Kris! It is absolutely normal to get you period after you have started your placebo week-- but like you said, it's just a matter of getting into the rhythm of things and then you'll know from there when to expect your period.

You are very welcome!


September 25, 2011 - 11:48am

Thank you again, Rosa for the reassurance.
My period has started today, Sunday, three days since I began to take the placebo pills in my pack.
I've heard that it's different for every woman, the first month of taking birth control, but I'd read and heard elsewhere that a lot of women have their periods as soon as they get off the pill in that first month, or otherwise.
I guess I'll just have to get used to my body's rhythms and get back into the swing of things next month!
Thanks again,

September 25, 2011 - 4:24am

Hi Kris,

Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo protects you from being pregnant after 7 consecutive days of taking the pill if you are taking the pill for the first time. If you have taken the pill correctly and without fail for the past month, then the blood-streaked cervical mucus could be a sign of an oncoming period.

Please keep us posted when your period arrives.


September 24, 2011 - 12:14pm
(reply to Rosa Cabrera RN)

I took it extremely punctually for the first week, and for the entire month. I almost got kind of obsessive over it.
I will definitely keep you posted on when my period arrives.
Thank you for the reply!


September 24, 2011 - 12:58pm
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