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    Period a week early while on birth control
    corinnashley posted:
    I have a few questions I hope to get some help with. I've been on the same birth control for 5 years. I've always had my period on a regular basis without any issues. This month I got it a week early and I don't know why. I haven't missed any pills, and my boyfriend and I always use protection. I'm wondering what could be wrong?
    newgirl2010 responded:
    I have been on the same bc for many years (and take it on time each day) but do experience breakthrough bleeding a couple of times a year. for me, the bleeding comes midway through the ppack--lasts 3-5 days. then i get my withdrawal bleed on time. i am wondering if BTB (breakthrough bleeding) is what is happening. curious, since it is happening so close your period...does the bleeding extend through your placebo week (withdrawal bleed)?

    also, curious, are you on a low dose estrogen bc? I guess BTB is more common with low estrogen pills. (which i take).

    my understand is that pregnancy is not a concern if you have been taking your pills are prescribed. (if less so in your case since your boyfriend uses protection, too).

    honestly, i wouldn't worry about it if this is an isolated situation. if it persists, i would see your gyno. there may be nothing wrong--but pill induced BTB...but you may want to get a different pill to stop it for simply the annoyance factor.
    corinnashley replied to newgirl2010's response:
    I am on Ortho Tricyclen Lo. And I'm epileptic, so I have those medications added into the equation also. But I have been taking this combination of medications for over a year now so there's nothing new there.

    I'm not worried that I'm pregnant... it's almost virtually impossible. He's been away working, so I haven't even seen him since my period last month so I know that's not the problem.

    I'm a little confused now, just because I had my problem I posted about, getting my period a week early. I had it for the normal 4 days that I usually have my period. I went about 5 days without any bleeding, and now it's starting again. I'm not sure if it's my birth control trying to compensate or what... I'm just very confused.

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