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Controlling withdrawal bleed, can I do 7 day inactive now?

I was wondering if it were possible to stop my pills for the 7 day rest even if it's not at the end of the packet I'm currently on.
I have been taking active pills for MORE THAN 21 DAYS due to taking packets back to back, but I just want to make sure, right now, that I get my withdrawal bleed and am not pregnant, because I have had some very light spotting and mild diarrhea the last few days and I know that diarrhea decreases effectiveness of the pill.

So in effect, can I go on my 7 day inactive pills NOW without the chance of ovulating and falling pregnant?

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replied February 28th, 2012
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It is better to complete the pill pack and have periods/withdrawal bleeding on placebo pills/pill free period of 7 days. The bleeding and the symptoms could also be attributed to the hormonal imbalance caused due to back-to-back pill pack use. If you consider stopping with birth control use at present to have your withdrawal bleeding, you should discard the pill pack and start a fresh pill pack after having your withdrawal bleeding/periods (and after ruling out chances of pregnancy). Use additional protection if having intercourse during this next pill pack use (to prevent pregnancy). Visit your doctor/gynecologist for further clarification and assistance.
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