... having a period a week before the placebo pill. Do I keep taking the active pills? Do I take the placebo pills? Will it dis lot go back to normal next month?
Yes, keep taking the pills as directed. "Breakthrough" bleeding, blood red to dark brown/black, can be normal whether you are on birth control pills (BC) or not. When you skip your period by not taking the placebo week and going directly to taking the next pill packet your body can not always adjust and having a discharge/spotting/breakthrough bleeding is perfectly normal. As a matter of fact, some woman will continue to have breakthrough bleeding for many months, while others adjust right away. it is different for every woman. If you are skipping periods by moving onto the next packet and not taking the placebo's and you have breakthrough bleeding you can either continue taking the regular BC pills or decide to start taking the placebos for a week and have your period, then go back to taking the regular BC pills. As long as you take your regular BC pills every day and do not take the placebos for more then 7 days you are protected against pregnancy as best as the BC pills can protect you. The longer you go without having a period the better the possibility is that you may have breakthrough bleeding or discharge and when you do have periods it is possible that they could be longer, heavier and darker then you are used to. If you have questions or concerns do not hesitate to call your doctors office, often they can answer your questions over the phone without requiring you to make another office visit and are happy to help.
Birth Control pills and spermicidal products do not protect against sexually transmitted diseases, only pregnancy. To protect yourself against STD's, and remain sexually active, you will need to use a condom. You can not tell by looking at or questioning your sexual partner if they have an STD. Get regular pap smears/testing and ask your partner to do the same.
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