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An_247673 posted:
I started birth control bills on Sept 2nd. (when I got my first day of period) and seemed to have lots of issues, infections,etc so I decided to stop taking them 8 days into my pack. I didn't think being on the pils for only 8 days would totally screw up my hormones. I should have rec'd my period a few days ago and my period always comes early. Could it be possible I could be pregnant or its just the hormones and waiting for my body to get back to normal.
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Jane Harrison Hohner, RN, RNP responded:
Dear An: IF you had very regular periods before, one would expect your "natural" cycle pattern to return within 4-6 weeks after taking your last active birth control pill (BCP). Should you be at risk for pregnancy it is very reasonable to check a urine pregnancy test.

Yes, even being on the BCPs for eight days could be enough to interfere with the timing of the ovulation that month. The hormones are out of your body within several days so I would hope and expect your usual timing of flows to reappear within the next four weeks.

One last thought. It might be good to let your GYN or clinic know that you were having problems with the brand of BCPs you were prescribed. That's important feedback for them.

Yours,
Jane


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