Now I am getting my period (heavily) in the middle of my pack of pills. This is very unusual for me. I am about two weeks into my second pack of pills (I have been on ortho tri cyclen lo for about two years) and just started to get my period. I got it for two weeks when I missed the last 4 pills but once I went back on the next pack, it went away. Help! Do I start a new pack? Do I continue with this one? What do I do?!
Birth Control pills work 3 ways. They prevent ovulation. They decrease the lining of the uterus, and they thicken the mucous at the cervix.
This means that if you take your pill every day at roughly the same time, you will not get pregnant. There are some medications that decrease the ability of the pill to work. One of them is antibiotics, so that if you’re on them you should use a backup method of birth control.
You will not get pregnant when you are on the inactive pills. YOU DO NOT OVULATE WHEN ON THE PILL.
You may have a very light or even no period from time to time because of the decrease in uterine lining.
You do not ever need to take plan B. The only reason for condoms when on the pills is to prevent STDS.
If you forget a pill your chances of getting pregnant increase slightly. The more pills your forget, the more your chance of pregnancy.
When first starting the pill you need to use back up birth control for at least the first week. After you start the pill, when you have your period has nothing to do with taking the pill. You just keep taking them one pack after the other. You do not stop them if you start spotting, you do not stop them if you don’t have a period, bleeding has nothing at all to do with when you take your pills, once you’ve started them.
Do not stop taking your pills. Your body will straighten out. When you missed the pills, you started bleeding because the hormones were stopped. Now you're a little messed up is all.
Keep taking your current pack exactly as the pills come in the pack no matter what your body is doing. your body is just reacting to the lack of hormones then the restart of the hormones. The best way to straighten things out is to keep taking your pills as they come in the pack. Eventually the hormones will regulate out again and your period will come when it is supposed to. I hope you were using back up for the seven days following the missed pills, like condoms, because missing that many pills, you could have ovulated and therefore would have been at risk for getting pregnant. At this point, just keep taking your current pack as they come and try not to miss any pills. Set an alarm on your cell phone or whatever you need to do to remember. Try to take it at roughly the same time of day each day.
- Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo Information for Consumers
- Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo (detailed)
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