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Late period on birth control?

By Anonymous December 31, 2014 - 2:17am
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Worried it may be a pregnancy. I've been on birth control for
3 years, but stopped taking it for about 5 months last year. I
Started BC again about 6 months ago and was very consistent
About taking it until I went on vacation and missed the two pills
Before sugar pills, so essentially I went 9 days without taking them.
I made up for the ones I missed by doubling up, had
Sex about a week after, but now I'm about
3 days late, and feeling no early pregnancy symptoms. Is the lateness
Perhaps caused by the infrequency of pill taking?

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Hi Anon,

Thank you for sharing your question with the EmpowHER community! 

Typically it take around 3 months for your body to fully adjust with birth control pills. Yes, I would say that it is most likely that your period is late do to the infrequency of taking pills. Sometimes even just getting off on a few days can disrupt your menstrual cycle by making it late or more irregular than usual.

When you get back on birth control pills after not taking them for a while or even miss a few days, your body must adjust to the lack of hormones and presence of hormones. However, if your period still does not come for a few days and you are concerned, you can always take a pregnancy test to be completely sure.

I hope this has helped! Please let me know if you have further questions.


January 2, 2015 - 12:21am
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