my friend and I were talking the other day and she mentioned that she hadn't had her period for almost three months. i was extremely concerned but i didn't want to scare her so i told her it was probably nothing!
she started taking birth control in the beginning of april and had unprotected sex within the first few days of starting it so she took plan b. after that, she continued to take the birth control but she never remembers to take it so she always doubles up and takes it at completely different times during the day (all while continuing to have unprotected sex). she doesn't seem to be worried about a pregnancy, but she has recently been complaining about stomach pain and sore breasts. what should i do? should i encourage her to take a pregnancy test? how can i be supportive?
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If she has been messing up the birth control pill intake schedule, and has been having unprotected intercourse, she could be at risk for pregnancy (as the effective protection from the birth control pills will not be present). The recent symptoms that she describes could be suggestive of pregnancy possibility. She should visit her doctor/gynecologist for further evaluation if periods are missed or abnormal, or if she suspects chances of pregnancy. If pregnancy gets ruled out, further evaluation would be done to look for the underlying cause for the symptoms she describes and her missed periods. Treatment as appropriate (based on examination findings and investigation results) would be started to help her regulate her periods. She should be regular with birth control use as instructed, and avoid having unprotected sexual contact if she is not ready for pregnancy.
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