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By Anonymous August 27, 2014 - 6:26am
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I have been taking birth control for a long time for my PMDD. Usually when I take the placebo pills I don't actually get my period until I start back up on the regular pills. Such was the case again. My boyfriend and I decided to have sex while on my period but didn't use protection. I have stopped bleeding now, but should still be on my period. Is that normal after period sex? I'm afraid to take a Plan B pill because I know that it screws with the hormones during your period. What do I do? Am I normal? Will my period start back up again?

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Hello Anonymous,

Thank you for reaching out to us with your health concern.

Normally, you should have breakthrough bleeding or your period when you are taking the inactive pills.

Birth control pills work by preventing ovulation. The synthetic hormones in the active pills stabilize a woman's natural hormone levels, and prevent estrogen from peaking mid-cycle. Without the estrogen bump, the pituitary gland does not release other hormones that normally cause the ovaries to release mature eggs.

The 7 extra pills in the 28-pill pack are placebo pills which are there to remind you to continue taking one pill everyday and to remind you when to begin the next pack. Whether you take placebo pills or simply wait 7 days to start the next pack, the 7-day break from hormones triggers monthly bleeding that mimics a woman's menstrual period.

Anonymous, tell your doctor that your period starts when you are taking the active pills. Something is not right about that. You were wise not to take Plan B. Continue taking your birth control pills, but do call your doctor.


August 27, 2014 - 9:01am
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