I started ortho-tri-cyclen-lo the sunday after my period ended. I am 17 years old and I have never used birth control before. I got it at planned parenthood. I currently am going to take the last pill of the 3rd set of blue pills tomorrow and then I start the green inactive pills in the middle.. So I was wondering if I should be expecting to get my period when I take the green pills? I haven't had an spotting since I've taken the pills. I have taken the pills at 9:30pm every night except last week was daylight savings time and the time went an hour back so I still look it at 9:30 of the new time. I have been experiencing abdominal pain once or twice a day for the past week or 2 I'd say. It would only last a few seconds but it would feel like menstrual cramps like I usually experience before I'd get my period. So I'm wondering when I should be getting my period and if those pains are normal to experience the first month since my body is adjusting to it.. please help, I'm starting to really worry.
14 Nov 2011
Every woman is different but on average most start their period on the third or fourth day of taking the inactive pills but like I said, everyone is different. Sometimes when first starting the Pill, you may not have a period at all or you may just spot. Some women dont start until the end of the inactive Pills. there is a lot of variation so dont get too worried about it. Just have something with you in case you start. After 3-4 packs, your body will settle down into its own pattern and you'll be more predictable. It is not unusual to have some abdominal pain and bloating. Another thing is that you are more aware of your body right now since you started the Pill so that awareness makes you notice twinges and hurts that you might not have even taken note of before. It could just be gas and digestive pains that you are now noticing more because of this awareness that you now have. Just relax, everything will be fine!
12 Nov 2011
Everyone is different, but from my own past experience, It is possible that you can have a period after the second pack of pills. And yes, the abdominal pain is to be expected. Because your body is use to the normal cycle, but because of the extra hormones entering the body system, causes the abdominal pain and headaches. I hope this helps.
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