Last week I missed pill #2 of week 4 in the morning when I usually take them, and remembered at night of the following day after intercourse (I had also missed pill#3 of that week that I was supposed to take in the morning). I talked to a doctor in the family who instructed me to take both pills at that time (night) and start a new pack the next day by taking 2 pills again. That day I started my period which was light and lasted almost all of last week. Now I am starting week 2 of the new pack and today I started to bleed. It is a heavy bright red flow (which is unusually for me- usually my periods on loryna are light and consist of dark blood). Please let me know is this is normal.
It sounds to me like your body got confused. By starting a new pack, you didn't have the week off the hormones. If you keep bleeding as heavily you could call your dr and see what he says.
If you miss two or more pills, you should take two pills the day you discover the miss and two the following day to make up the two missed-(you dont want to take more than two pills in one day) then use back up for the next seven days. If you miss three or more, you throw out the pack and start a new one the same day using back up for seven days, essentially starting over but missing pills in the 4th week doesnt matter, because are those not the placebo pills? The active pills are weeks 1-3 and week 4 is your inactive pills so if you miss an inactive pill, you dont need to make it up. I cant see how this "doctor" in your family would not know that unless he was not thinking? No wonder you are all screwed up! Just keep taking one pill a day. It will eventaully straighten itself out. Next time, call your pharmacist for advice!! Here is what the literature states:If the patient misses one (1) "active" tablet in Weeks 1, 2, or 3, the tablet should be taken as soon as she remembers. If the patient misses two (2) "active" tablets in Week 1 or Week 2, the patient should take two (2) tablets the day she remembers and two (2) tablets the next day; and then continue taking one (1) tablet a day until she finishes the pack. The patient should be instructed to use a back-up method of birth control such as a condom or spermicide if she has sex in the seven (7) days after missing pills. If the patient misses two (2) "active" tablets in the third week or misses three (3) or more "active" tablets in a row, the patient should throw out the rest of the pack and start a new pack that same day. The patient should be instructed to use a back-up method of birth control if she has sex in the seven (7) days after missing pills.
It says nothing about missing in the 4th week because those are placebo or inactive sugar pills and you dont even need to take them!! They are there just to keep you remembering to take a pill every day!
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