I started birth control strictly to help with my periods (I’m not sexually active). My doctor prescribed me (28 day) Mononessa, but didn’t give me ANY instructions on how (what order) to take the pills. I did a bit of research and thought i had the general idea down, but I still managed to screw everything up. First of all, I was not aware of the very specific Sunday you are supposed to start the pills on, so I’m 90% sure i started them on the wrong day. My next mistake was that while i was taking the outer pills i started my period (around the 7th of the month). So, i thought that when you start your period naturally, that’s when you start the placebo/sugar pills in the middle. Me, being an idiot, started the middle pills without finishing the outer pills. When i was done taking the middle pills, i went on to finish the outer pills in the pack until the month was over. i received real instructions when i went on to my second pack and got some real instructions, I panicked a bit at the realization of me taking the first pack completely wrong. Anyway, i started the second pack intending to use it correctly the second time through. As i was taking the outer pills, I got my period (the same time i usually do- around the 7th). So i had a normal 7-8 day period while on the medicated pills. About a week after that period stopped, i completed the outer pills, began taking the placebos, and i got a SECOND PERIOD. Twice as painful and awful as the first. I’m honestly concerned for my health with all the screw-ups I’ve made with these pills. So I’m currently on my second period and not doing well. Anyway! I know I’m an idiot. but If someone can help a sister out it would be greatly appreciated. If this was confusing to you and you would like to help, i am more than happy to answer your questions. Many thanks! :))
It sounds like you’re now taking the pills correctly. Take all of the outer pills and then the inner (placebo pills). It sounds like you’re having what is called break thru bleeding even though you have cramps and a “normal period”. Even if you continue to bleed keep taking the pills everyday. It can take a few months for your body to adjust to the hormones. I cannot take birth control pills because they make me insanely depressed but I’ve tried many. If you have further questions your pharmacist can easily show you, but again, it sounds like you’re taking them correctly now. When it’s time for your next pack do not miss a day so get it refilled a few days before. Your periods may be a bit erratic with the mess up on the first pack but no long term damage has been done. Also, don’t be surprised if you have bleeding at other times than only on the placebo pills. Usually this will even out after a few months, if not then contact your doc because not every pill works the same for everyone. Don’t count on the pills being effective against pregnancy until you’re positive you’re taking them correctly.
You can fix this. Being scared isn’t helping so just remember, there are so many worse things than this. Painful periods are terrible but get things straightened out. Call the Doctors office you went to and listen to the message. Leave an urgent message for the “on call” Doctor. Leave your name, date of birth, the name of the Doctor you saw, tell them that you’re a patient and are having some bad problems. Someone should call you back. You should go back to a Doctor. I would go to a different one but it’s up to you. It’s really hard to understand how and what you’ve done so here’s what you do. Get an appointment to see an OB/GYN Doctor, a Doctor who specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology.
While you’re waiting, right now get your pills and on this website type in the exact spelling for what you’re taking. Read the general information and make sure you understand the way you’re supposed to take it. Once you have what you are supposed to do right in front of you, do that. Have your pills with you, read the instructions on Dosages. Then read about the Side Affects. It may tell you why you are having “break through bleeding” of some kind. If you have a friend who is good at finding out things on the internet, call and ask them to help find information. It sounds like you have a lot of Menstruation or Period Pain. Ask the Doctor about what you can take for that. Look on this website for what medications are good for that kind of pain. I hope you feel better. It’s important to just get the right way to take the pills and don’t make more mistakes. It’s important for you to find something you can take to help with Period pain. There are many kinds of things you can get at the store with no prescription. Also, you can find a pharmacy or a store with a pharmacy and ask to talk to the pharmacist. They know about medicine and can help too. If you feel too bad, get someone to take you to a walk in clinic.
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