Read everything I could about this but couldn't find anyone w/ this situation. Calling my Obgyn next week...but was looking for feedback. I'm 32 and am on my 3rd pack of Loestrin Fe 1.5/30. The 1st pack went as expected...some spotting and 4 days of light spotting during placebo. Second pack...I got what felt like my good old period for an entire week before placebo, then a few days of spotting during placebo. Soon as I felt that cramp...I recognized it as period time---but assumed spotting as doc's typically explain it. Third pack....my good old cramp/period 28 days after my last months (assumed) period..that'd be today..like clockwork! If it follows last months pattern...my placebo is due in a week and i'l prob spot through that. I've not read of anyone maintaining their period (same schedule!!) and spotting like expected during placebo! Also, feeling like ovulation hasnt stopped. Also worth noting, i've never had irregular periods in my life...always like clockwork. Could this be sign that I'm that dreaded % that BC fails for??? Has anyone heard of this?
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The symptoms of irregular bleeding that you describe could indicate breakthrough bleeding (common side effect of birth control pill use). Most of the hormonal contraceptive pills start giving effective protection after about 2-3 weeks of regular use, hence you are recommended to use back-up protection if having intercourse during first 2-3 weeks of getting started on birth control pills. If you had been sexually active around ovulation time, you can expect chances of pregnancy. Wait and watch for your withdrawal bleeding/period that should occur during the placebo pill week. If you miss your periods, or if you get abnormal periods, or if you develop any new symptoms suggestive of pregnancy, then consider visiting your doctor/gynecologist for thorough examination (to confirm pregnancy related changes/signs in body) and blood/serum HCG level test (to confirm/rule out pregnancy accurately). Stop the use of hormonal contraceptive if pregnancy is suspected, or if pregnancy gets confirmed.
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