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is this bleeding withdrawal from quitting the pills?

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On the 16th of January I started getting symptoms that I was pregnant, dull headache, nausea, slight cramping, lower back pain. I stopped taking my birth control pills that night. I got spotting on the 19th. On the 22nd I started to bleed, like a period, but I am not supposed to get my period until the 1st of February. I was wondering if the bleeding is withdrawal from quitting the pills. Even though I am bleeding now, can I still be pregnant?

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replied January 26th, 2012
Birth Control Answer A30807
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The symptoms of headache, nausea, slight abdominal cramps, low back pain could suggest possibility of pregnancy. However these can also be associated with hormonal contraceptive use. The bleeding that you experienced after stopping your birth control pills could be the withdrawal bleeding. Sometimes it is possible that you have conceived early and have a decidual bleed (similar to periods) at the expected period time. If the symptoms persist, or if you suspect chances of pregnancy, you should consider visiting your doctor/gynecologist 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. Drink plenty of water. Take adequate rest. Maintain healthy diet.
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