My girlfriend has been taking birth control regularly for about a year, when we went on vacation she forgot to take her pills so she missed 3 in a row, (she had spots of blood when she missed the pills) when we got back she took the pills and then for about a week she took her pills normally, we had unprotected sex, I pulled out, and then we got plan B the next morning. She was supposed to have her period yesterday and hasn't had any signs of it yet. I've read that plan b can mess up her period cycle and delay the period. Just any thoughts on the situation would be appreciated. Do you think she could be pregnant?? Does missing the three pills really make bc not as effective, even if she made up for it?? Could the spots of blood have been her period for the month and should we just wait for her to have one next month?? Please help
Pregnancy? Probably highly unlikely but get a pregnancy test anyway. Use condoms, not withdrawal, until you get a professional opinion about the BC and how to go ahead after dealing with an artificial birth control (pill) hormone excess and then Plan B the following week. The withdrawal contraception method is a popular way of potentially getting girls pregnant and spreading STI's.
I'm fairly sure that with all medications I have used (obviously not female birth control but THRT) and every packet insert I have ever read says: "if you miss a dose do not double up the next day to make up for the missed one. Take your normal daily dose at the time you would normally take your medications". You/she decided, against all available information (product insert and the interweb) that taking 3 times the normal daily dose would get things back to normal? That was unfortunately an incorrect assumption, the endocrine system just does not work that way, and one reason why prescription medications have product inserts e.g. 'How to use this product' or 'you have been prescribed this medication for... ', 'if wxyz happens... ', 'if you accidentally take too much of this medication... ' and so on..
What you do when you muck up taking your birth control is the domain of those better informed than myself. Surely if you miss 3 days it will take the fairly standard week before it provides contraception again? Add in the effects of Plan B and we just couldn't even guess where she is in her cycle. A normal period next month seems a little hopeful given what you have told us (not pregnancy; just no period or the very opposite). Plan B can be pretty savage hence its emergency use only warning.
I'd suggest she see her Doctor or visit a womens sexual health centre to find out where things are.
She could be pregnant or she might not be. At this stage a missing period is not diagnostic for a definite pregnancy and likely the result of that hormonal assault she was just subject to.
Next time you take a few days vacation chuck some condoms in your bag, just in case. It will potentially save you and your girlfriend unnecessary worry.
omg, will you kids stop using plan B like it was candy. She didn't need it as long as she took 7 active pills before you had unprotected sex. But if you were concerned about her missing pills, why did you have unprotected sex? You should have used a condom if any concerns. She should start her next pack. Any time she misses 3 pills in a row she should put that pack aside and start a new pack. Plan B is a large dose of hormones that the female body isn't used to and lord knows what the indiscriminate use of it is doing long term.
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