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I have been taking birth control pills (ortho cyclen) for almost a year and this month my period came 1 week earlier that it was supposed to. I had not even started the placebo pills yet. Is this normal?
Will i get another period when i start taking the placebo pills this week?
Does this mean my period will be different that it was before? I would usually get it the second day after taking the placebo pills. Could I be pregnant?
Sorry for so many questions!
Your input would be greatly appreciated! Smile
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replied September 28th, 2017
Welcome to e health forum.

Your early periods are due to minor hormonal changes which are common in women, especially those who are on hormonal contraceptives.

If you have not missed your pills anytime, then there is no possibility of pregnancy.

The most common side effects of oral contraceptives include
1. Menstrual irregularities , Spotting.
2. premenstrual syndrome,
3.. headache ,migraine,
4. Breast pain, tenderness OR discomfort,
5. nausea, vomiting and
5. abdominal pain, discomfort and / or tenderness.

Changes in the hormonal levels can be induced by change in time of taking the pills, reduced absorption of the drug after ingestion (due to various factors), physiological stress, anxiety lack of sleep, , depression, etc (which increase steroid levels in the body and hence influence the menstrual cycles).

There is no need to worry.

Take proper rest and relax yourself. Be regular with the use of your birth control pill and try to take it at the same time daily. De-stressing with having proper sleep, healthy balanced diet, meditation, practicing deep breathing exercises (yoga, etc) can be helpful and will keep your menstrual cycles regular.

I hope this helps.

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