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are all these just symptoms of stopping the pill?

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Hi, I took Alesse birth control with no side effects of any kind for several years and stopped 2 years ago. On March 31 I started on it again. The nurse told me it would be fully effective after 7 days. So between April 12 and 16, I had unprotected intercourse everyday. April 21-27 was my placebo week. I had a long but light period that was mainly spotting. I started suffering from spells of fatigue in the middle of the day so on Apr 28 I took a home pregnancy test that was negative. The fatigue continued and an increase in heartburn and headaches came about in the following weeks. Fearing pregnancy I stopped the pill on May 3 (no intercourse since the one in April). I had 5 days of withdrawal bleeding made up of thin, watery, bright red blood. Now, my breasts are noticeably fuller and I've developed a yeast infection -- when, in the past, I've only had them while taking antibiotics. Is there still a chance that I'm pregnant or are all these just symptoms of stopping the pill?


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replied May 29th, 2013
Birth Control Answer A43590
Hi,
Welcome to ehealthforum.
If there has been a gap in taking active pills of birth control pill pack (of more than 7 days), and if you have got re-started on pill pack, then it would take about 2-3 weeks for effective protection to start. If you have unprotected sexual contact within 2-3 weeks of getting re-started on the pill pack, then you will be at risk for pregnancy. The symptoms that you describe could be indicative of pregnancy possibility, or effects of hormonal content of the pills. If worried, visit your doctor/gynecologist for further evaluation, clarification and assistance. Be in regular monitoring and follow-up with your treating doctor/gynecologist and report any new/abnormal symptoms immediately.
Take care.


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