I've been on Ortho Tri Cyclen Lo for about three years and haven't really had any issues with it although I am concerned now. I'm in my fourth day of the placebo pills and I still haven't gotten my period. My breasts are tender, but I have no cramping or anything. I'm concerned because I have recently become more sexually active with my boyfriend. We don't use a condom for the first five or so minutes, but we use one until the end after that. I have taken my pills everyday around the same time just as I always have and haven't missed one. In February I skipped my period and then in March I got my period before the placebo week even started. Could it be possible that skipping the period in February messed me up for this month? I usually get my period during the third pill so I'm not really sure why it hasn't come yet. I realize there shouldn't be much concern if I take my pill on time, but I'm still curious.
It can come ANY time this week! Even on the last day! You may not be regular every single month. Some months, for whatever reason, your body just changes. This is what makes tracking fertility so hard in women. If you have been on the Pill for three years and you take your pills on time, with no misses, then you dont need condoms for contraception (not getting pregnant) Condoms at this point are to prevent STDs only, so if you are only using them for part of sex, you might as well dispense with them altogether. There is no reason to use them. You have already exposed yourself to penetration so they arent going to help with STDs and you dont need them to prevent pregnancy as long as you take your pills correctly. Your birth control pill fully covers you from the possibility of pregnancy so there is no need to pull out or use a condom for ejaculation. This isnt giving you any "extra" protection anyway since men leak sperm LONG before they ever ejaculate. They cant feel or control this leakage but it occurs. You hear it referenced to as "pre-cum" sometimes, so it is rather silly to just use a condom before ejaculation-there is no sense in it and no reason to. You are on the Pill so you are protected as long as you are consistent with taking it. More than likely your period will show up in the next day or two. Skipping a period can happen here and there. That is no big deal. We humans are just not clockwork regular organisms. Nature is not regular. If it were, natural birth control would work better (just avoiding sex on fertile days) but since we are not regular, this method doesnt work because we can never be sure. So relax, you are protected. Stress and worrying about becoming pregnant can delay your cycle. So stop worrying!
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