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Missed birth control pill, why am I bleeding?

By Anonymous October 20, 2013 - 5:00am
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Last Saturday and Sunday I forgot to take my pills. I wasn't sure what to do so on Monday, when I realized what happened due to the blood that appeared on my underwear, I took all 3 pills (sat-mon). I continued to bleed until Friday. It seemed as if I got my period, I had cramps and had to use tampons until Friday evening. I noticed I stopped bleeding. Ever since Monday I had been taking my pills regularly. However, I had sex Friday night and he accidentally finished inside me even though I told him not to. The next day there was still a little bit of brown stuff on my underwear so I guess I never fully stopped bleeding. I woke up this morning to pee and noticed a tiny bit of bright red blood on the toilet paper.

I started birth control in April. This was the first time I missed pills.

I just wanna know what are my odds of getting pregnant? Did I technically get my period that morning before I took the 3 pills? Why am I still bleeding a little bit after almost a week?

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Hi Anonymous,

Thank you for your question and welcome to Empowher. Anytime you miss pills, especially for more than 1 day, you should always contact your Pharmacist in order to find out how to either make up the pills you missed or many times you have to wait until you have a period to start a new pack. Birth control pills are meant to be taken everyday and if you missed three days in a row, this is the way the pill works to tell your body it is time to have your cycle.

Anonymous, I am not sure what pill you are using but usually you can also get missed pill information from the companys website. Most pills that I am aware of do not suggest taking 3 pills in one day and therefore, this is why you may have had an extended period.

Now on to the question if you could be pregnant. The simple answer is obviously yes. Even using birth control everyday, on time is not 100% guarantee. Since you had a period, I would think this chance is highly unlikely although take a pregnancy test to be sure. If you EVER miss your pills again, always use a backup method of protection such as a condom. This will help reduce your chances.

Can you take a pregnancy test and let us know the results?

I hope this helps and good luck.


October 20, 2013 - 5:31am
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