... point on these pills. Last month I wanted to induce my period by a week, so I skipped my last week of active pills and went straight to the green pills, and threw the pack away when I was finished with them and went to the next. Everything went smoothly and I moved on. This was 3 weeks ago, and I finished my period about 12 days ago. A few days ago, I accidentally took two active pills in one night a few hours apart from each other, so I skipped a day and got back on schedule and took a pill two days later since I took two days worth on the same day. Ive been spotting for a few days now, which never happens. I always start my period the third day into the green pills and I never spot before hand. I'm wondering if I'm spotting because of the one day I skipped or because I induced my period? I also want to either induce or skip this coming period as well, which is scheduled to start in about a week. Should I induce it or try to skip it? I would rather have it early than not have it at all, especially since I'm spotting
omg your body is confused. Your first mistake was taking the inactive pills a week early, you had no protection that way. You can't just decide to stop the pill mid cycle. Then you took 2 in one day and skipped the next. If you're not pregnant, its by the grace of God. Never alter your pill schedule. The only thing you can do is if you want to skip a period you can start the next pack instead of taking the week break. Keep taking your pills according to schedule, and I mean the pill schedule, not yours. You cannot "induce" a period.
You’re probably spotting because of the missed pill. Even though you inadvertently doubled up, you should have still taken your normal dose the following day – at least I would have. In my experience, nothing confuses my body more than when I go 48 hours without taking a pill.
I don’t think the bleeding has anything to do with the fact that you skipped your last week of active pills. There are plenty of extended-cycle birth control pills on the market (e.g., Seasonique, Seasonale, etc.), and one of the key characteristics of these is that they’re monophasic. MonoNessa is also monophasic and delivers 0.035 mg ethinyl estradiol (estrogen) and 0.250 mg norgestimate (a form of progestin) in each of the 21 active pills. This hormone combo provides three layers of defense against pregnancy. The first is that it prevents ovulation, so there’s no egg to fertilize. If you do ovulate, the hormones make it tough for sperm to actually reach the egg. Finally, if an egg were to become fertilized, it makes your uterus an inhospitable environment for the egg to implant. The point is that there are not hormonal fluctuations induced by varying dosages of medications in the pill. It’s not like your body was “preparing” to start a period, and by skipping a week you threw it off its intended course.
As far as inducing/skipping ... I'm confused on how you think you can skip it. You basically have two options. Finish the current pack (including the placebos), then start a new pack, and maintain a normal schedule. You’ll probably continue to spot until you start the placebos (and the spotting will turn to a full-blown period). Missing the active pill caused your hormone levels to start dropping, so that’s likely what triggered the bleeding. Or you could stop taking the active pills now, throw out the pack, let your hormones drop low enough to have a period, then start a new pack in a week.
Either way, use back-up birth control until you’re a week into your new pack.
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