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Late but Short period

By December 27, 2014 - 8:55pm
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So normally I start my period around the 20th and 21st of every month, this month I did not start until the day after Christmas the 26th. Then the next day while changing the tampon I noticed that I wasn't really on it anymore. it was just a brownish discharge. My periods normally last about 5 or 6 days. so this comes as a concern to me, because my boyfriend and I have been very sexually active recently and im on the pill but that's the only protection we use. Ive also noticed lately that Im extremely irritable, tired and fatigued. I don't know what it could be please help me figure out if im ok or if I need to go see a doctor.

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What concerns me is that I forgot the pill here and there within the last month. so that's why im concerned about pregnancy.

December 28, 2014 - 3:31pm
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Pregnancy is more likely when you miss a pill.  Taking a pregnancy test is the best way of know for sure whether or not you are pregnant.


December 28, 2014 - 9:07pm

Hello snmilliner,

Thank you for sharing your question with the community.  I understand how worried you must feel.  I'd love to give you some advice on the subject.

If you have been taking your birth control pills consistently every day, they are effective enough to prevent ovulation even when you are sexually active.  In that case, you can feel comfortable ruling out the possibility of pregnancy.  If you still want to be absolutely certain you can always take a pregnancy test.

Irregular periods can happen for many different reasons.  To name a few: stress, too little sleep, medications, anemia, hormonal imbalances, or illness could be the causes.

Usually, an irregular period is no reason for alarm.  But if it continues to be irregular every month, or you miss your period all together, see you doctor.

I hope this was helpful.  Let us know if you have any more questions.


December 28, 2014 - 11:27am
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