I missed a few birth control pills this month Ive been on them for a little over a year well its time for my period but im just barely spotting and its a brownish color what can that mean?
You are spotting because you missed pills and your body read the drop in hormones and started the "withdrawal bleed" Your period, when you are on birth control, is triggered because you take hormones for 3 weeks then the 4th week you dont take hormones-the pills for the 4th week or inert meaning they dont have any active ingredients. Some people call them placebo pills or sugar pills. They are there to help remind you to take a pill each day and to help you keep track of when it is time to start a new pack. Anyway, this drop off of hormones is what triggers your withdrawal bleed or period or whatever you want to call it. When you miss pills, your body experiences a drop in hormones and sometimes it is enough to trigger bleeding. You should always use back up protection like condoms and spermicide for seven consecutive days following the last missed pills because there is also the possibility of ovulating during this time, even if you are bleeding, so you could get pregnant. The Pills primary job is to stop ovulation so missing active pills can trigger ovulation. Missing inactive pills does not trigger ovulation however. The Pill also reduces the build up of uterine lining to make the uterus a more hostile place for fertilization but this also makes your periods lighter and shorter because there is less lining to shed. This lining builds each month in preparation for a fertilized egg. If an egg is not fertilized, the lining is shed or what we call our period happens. Since you dont ovulate, the lining should never be needed for a fertilized egg since there is no egg to fertilize but in the event that one happens to occur, the thinner lining prevents it from implanting. For your pill to do its best job at contraception or preventing pregnancy, it must be taken daily at about the same time of day. Each time you are more than an hour late, you reduce the rate of effectiveness a tiny bit and missed pills, especially multiple missed pills makes it decrease even more and makes the possibility of pregnancy higher. It is of the utmost importance to take your pill every day at about the same time of day for your pill to work to the best of its ability so it will behoove you to set an alarm on your cell phone or write yourself a note so that you will see it every day or whatever you have to do to remind yourself to take you pill every day and on time. On time is considered an hour each way of your chosen time so if you pick 8am, from 7am to 9am is considered "on time" Does that help?
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