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Missed birth control

By Anonymous May 20, 2015 - 10:05am
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I have missed my birth control pill for 4 days in a row.. on the fifth day i started to bleed and have cramps. During the 4 days with no birth control pill i had unprotected sex several times. I am wondering if the bleeding is my actual period starting or is it something else? today is the fifth day and i have taken 2 pills, one for today and one for yesterday. I am worried about my chances of pregnancy.

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Hi Anon,

Thank you for being a part of the EmpowHER community and sharing your question.

The bleeding you are experiencing is referred to as breakthrough bleeding.  The hormone level in your uterus has dropped as a result of missing one or more active pills.

Since you were sexually active during the time you missed pills, there is a chance of pregnancy.  Take a home pregnancy test and schedule a check up to rule out infection or other causes of bleeding. 

I hope this helps.

Be well,


May 20, 2015 - 1:49pm
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Anonymous (reply to S. Gillette-Palmer)

Hi there
Thank you so much for your reply, my mind is now at ease! I will be sure to take heed from your advice, thanks again


May 20, 2015 - 1:54pm
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