Ortho Tri-Cyclen - Why does my period consistently start two days before the reminder pills?
- 17 Jun 2013 by Amy765
- 19 June 2013
- ortho tri-cyclen, abnormal uterine bleeding, birth control, period
I have been on ortho tri-cyclen for 9 months now. For the last 5 months, my period has started 2 days before the reminder pills have come up (so I still have 2 actual pills to take before starting the week of reminder pills).
Is this normal? I don't really care about the bleeding, but I'm getting married soon and we haven't had sex yet--so I don't know whether or not the bleeding is an indication of the pill not working...
Oh no! You are still protected! This is just what is normal for you. As long as you are taking an active pill each and every day from Day 1 to Day 21 and you have the seven days of inactive pills Day 22 to Day 28 then start your next pack you will be 98-99% effective against getting pregnant. You should try to take the pills each day at roughly the same time each day. If you are taking them faithfully you will be as protected as you can be. You can always mention this to your gynecologist on your annual visit, she may want to change the strength or formula but no worries, you should still be protected. No birth control method is 100% effective other than not having sex at all.
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