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I've been on Alesse birth control for over a year. i got bacterial vaginosis and was treated with antibiotics (doxycycline) which i started in the last week of my pack before my placebos and continued for the first 1.5 weeks of my new pack (it was a 2.5 week round of antibiotics). My boyfriend and i used condoms however we had at least 3 times where we 'slipped up' and did not pull out. this month i had a very light period mostly pink/light brown and only less than a tampon of actual blood for about 3 days off and on. my normal period is a fairly moderate flow that usually lasts straight for 5-6 days even though im on the pill. following my 'period', ive been cramping daily almost all day, constant headaches (i never get headaches even with pms), low back pain, and once or twice have had a bit more than normal discharge that is whiteish/clear. im going to test for pregnancy soon, but just curious to know if any other conditions can cause these symptoms? maybe the antibiotics?

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replied August 15th, 2012
Birth Control Answer A38022
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Antibiotic use affects efficacy of the birth control pills. The effects from antibiotics can last in your system for about 10 days after the last dosage of antibiotic taken. Unprotected intercourse during this time or during antibiotic use can put you at risk for pregnancy. The symptoms that you describe (lighter and shorter period, abdominal cramps, headaches, low back pain, increase in vaginal discharge) could suggest pregnancy possibility. Urine pregnancy test kits usually start showing positive results after about 20 days post-conception (roughly corresponding to about 1 week after your missed/altered periods), hence getting blood/serum HCG test would help if you wish to test early (this usually starts showing positive results at about 11 days post-conception). The urine pregnancy test should always be done on early morning first urine sample to get accurate results (pregnancy hormone HCG is believed to be in highest concentration in this sample, and you should avoid lot of fluid intake and caffeinated beverages in the night before taking the test). Visit your doctor/gynecologist for further evaluation and assistance.
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