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day 6 of my 7day break and have no sign of my period.

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Hi, Im on the pill and am on day 6 of my 7day break and have no sign of my period. I am still getting symptoms of pms like bloating and cramps. What does this mean? Should I start taking them again on monday like normal?

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replied June 17th, 2012
Birth Control Answer A36136
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You can experience 1-2 missed periods at times while being on hormonal contraceptive pills. If you had been regular with taking your birth control pills at scheduled time daily without missing pills in between, (and if this is not your first pill pack use, or if this was your first pill use and you have not been sexually active without protection during first 2-3 weeks of getting started on the pill pack), you should have the protection. Wait and watch for your periods/withdrawal bleeding (which can start even at your last day of pill-free duration). You can consider getting started on the next scheduled pill pack as usual if chances of pregnancy are ruled out. If you notice abnormal bleeding or appearance of new symptoms, you should consider visiting your doctor/gynecologist for further evaluation to look for the underlying cause. Treatment as appropriate (based on examination findings and investigations results) would be started to help you regulate your periods. Use back-up protection while having intercourse for additional protection if you are worried about pregnancy, and avoid having unprotected sexual contact if you are not ready for pregnancy. 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 and lifestyle.
Take care.

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