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Birth Control, Period, Stomach Pains, Headache...

Ok, I am on Alesse birth control and have been for a while now, not last Saturday but the Saturday before (its now Thursday of the next week) I forgot to take one pill but unlike what it says to do, I did not take the pill the missed pill with the next days pill. A few days later (last Wednesday) I got what looked like my period. It was light and it lasted just as long as my normal period did. Throughout that time I've had headaches constantly and the day that my "period" ended (yesterday) I got sick and have been since then. I am sexually active and my boyfriend and I always pull out not too sure what to do? I am very nauseated and can barely eat anything without feeling sick. And the headaches are still persistent and I am supposed to get my period this Monday.
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replied May 12th, 2013
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The lighter period that you experienced after missing active pill intake could have been withdrawal bleeding. The lighter bleeding could also suggest probable implantation bleeding if you had been sexually active during the first 2-3 weeks of getting started on the contraceptive pill (most of the hormonal contraceptive start giving you effective protection after about 2-3 weeks of regular use, hence you are recommended to use back-up protection if having intercourse during this time). The recent symptoms that you describe could also indicate pregnancy possibility. Wait and watch for your next periods/withdrawal bleeding. Look out for development of any other new symptoms if pregnancy is suspected. If periods do not start within 10 days of expected period dates (or within 5-7 days of taking last active pill), or if you get abnormal periods, or if you suspect chances of pregnancy, consider visiting your doctor/gynecologist at the earliest for thorough examination (to confirm pregnancy related changes/signs in body) and blood/serum HCG level test (to confirm/rule out pregnancy accurately). Be in regular monitoring and follow-up with your treating doctor/gynecologist and report any new/abnormal symptoms immediately. Take adequate rest. Drink plenty of water. Maintain healthy diet. Stop the use of hormonal contraceptive if pregnancy is suspected, or if pregnancy gets confirmed.
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