... sex numerous times. Five days into the week of having started Microgestin I got a heavy period and cramping . What does this mean and is it normal to have a period so close together?
You did several things wrong. And the pill does weird things to your cycle until your body gets used to the hormones. It is supposed to be started on the first sunday after your period starts, not 4 days after it stops. And you aren't supposed to have count on it for birth control for the first 7 days. I'd say keep taking it, when you get to the 7 inactive pills, you may have another period. Then take it correctly. do not alter the schedule.
You can start pills on either the first day your period starts or the first Sunday after it starts. You should use back up protection, like condoms, for the first seven consecutive days. Birth control pills are not magic, it takes a while for them to work. Someone at your Drs office should have explained this to you or if not, I know it is in the directions insert that you get with your packs of pills. If you had read the directions you would have known not to have unprotected sex until you have taken at least seven active tablets and you would have known to start them either Day 1 of your period or the first Sunday after. When you first start the Pill, you may get irregular bleeding. This is normal and expected. Not all women have this but many do. It is just your body adjusting to the hormones. The Pill is designed to suppress ovulation and it takes time to do this. The Pill also eventually will lessen your monthly flow because less lining will build up in your uterus each month. The shedding of this lining is what we see as our "period". Just keep taking your pills as they come in the pack. Do not alter the way you take them after you start no matter what your body is doing, bleeding or not. Eventually, your period will come during the week of the inactive pills. Here is the instructions from the literature:
You will take your first pill on the first day of your period or on the first Sunday after your period begins. You may need to use back-up birth control, such as condoms or a spermicide, when you first start using this medication. Follow your doctor's instructions.
Take one pill every day, no more than 24 hours apart. When the pills run out, start a new pack the following day. You may get pregnant if you do not take one pill daily. Get your prescription refilled before you run out of pills completely.
The 28 day birth control pack contains seven "reminder" pills to keep you on your regular cycle. Your period will usually begin while you are using these reminder pills.
You may have breakthrough bleeding, especially during the first 3 months. Tell your doctor if this bleeding continues or is very heavy.
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