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Took birth control at the wrong time now my period has lasted for more than 2 weeks.

By Anonymous July 7, 2009 - 2:17pm
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I usually get my period around the end of the month. This is my first time using birth control and I didn't know when I was supposed to start so I started mid month (2 weeks before I even got my period) Of course now I find out that I am supposed to start the pill the sunday after my period. Anyhow, I started the pill on June 15 and ended up getting my period on June 28 and I'm still bleeding to this day which is July 7. Is this normal?

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Hi, Anon, and welcome to EmpowHer. Thank you so much for your question.

No, two weeks' bleeding is definitely not normal, though with birth control pills, it's also not surprising. Birth control pills interact with our hormones, and you started yours during the middle of your natural hormonal cycle. Somewhere between the birth control hormones and your own hormones, your body has gotten mixed signals.

Please call your ob/gyn and ask what you should do. They know what pills you are on and they will be able to tell you whether you should start a whole new pack of pills right away or whether you should wait out this long period (which you are probably very ready to be over with!). Most likely you won't have to do anything but make a phone call to the nurse or the physician's assistant on duty. Will you do that?

July 10, 2009 - 8:55am
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