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bleeding and cramping really bad from the missed pills.

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I've missed a few pills this month and been have unprotected sex with my partner. I've missed more than 4 or 5 , but I took them as soon as I remembered( sometimes days later ). Now I'm bleeding and cramping really bad from the missed pills. I have 3 days until my placebo pills will I still have bleeding when I take those? The only thing I really wanna know is since I'm bleeding does that mean I couldn't be pregnant? Nobody ever Answers that for me. If am pregnant when will the breakthrough bleeding stop? I don't want to harm the fetus if its there. Can you be pregnant if your bleeding from missed pills?

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replied March 22nd, 2013
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Missing 2 or more than 2 active pill intake, or taking them late by more than 2 hours on 2 or more than 2 occasions, can affect the efficacy of the birth control pills, and if you had been sexually active, chances of pregnancy cannot be ruled out completely. The bleeding and the cramps that you describe could be due to withdrawal effect of hormones, or even due to implantation bleeding (if occurring within 6-12 days of fruitful intercourse). If you are not pregnant, you should have the withdrawal bleeding/periods during your placebo pill week. If you suspect chances of pregnancy, stop the active pill use, and visit 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 care.

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