Post # 1
Stupid question I’m sure, but this aspect of the Pill confuses me. If you’re not on the Pill, one of the first clues you’re pregnant is a missed period, right?
I’ve been told that when you’re taking birth control pills, the ‘period’ you get isn’t a real period at all, it’s just your body’s reaction to the withdrawal of hormones for that week. So hypothetically if you were pregnant, would you still bleed during your placebo week?
I’ve googled this and of course got a million different answers but it’s hard to tell who’s informed and who’s making stuff up. I’m out of the country ATM and can’t ask my doctor..so does anybody know for sure?
Can anybody explain to me the difference between a “real” period vs the one on the pill, and how you would know you’re pregnant if taking contraceptives?
Post # 3
I might be totally wrong but…
By “real” period it means a menstral period. Or one after ovulation. The pill *should* stop ovulation, therefore when you bleed there’s no egg and the period is nonmenstral: it’s withdrawl from the hormones. Your body is made to believe it is pregnant when you’re on the pill (and therefore preparing the uterus for a baby) so when you stop taking the hormones your body starts to “reset”.
If you miss your period then it could be because there are hormones telling your body it is pregnant, this could be because the hormones from the pill haven’t “worn off” or because you are actually pregnant (and have ovulated whilst on the pill, which shouldn’t happen)
I suggest taking a pregnancy test, the hormones in the pill wont conflict with it.
A link I found
Post # 4
My period started becoming off track, that was my first clue. It was of course like that when I first started the pill. Two periods within a month until it became a regular cycle again. And then in December it arrived two weeks late. I didn’t know if I should expect it again on the regular date after that or starting from when I got it in December. I went 42 days waiting, and finally went in to see why my pills were screwing with my system again.
The doctor said it was normal and that I shouldn’t be concerned unless another month went by, but right before she was going to send me home she decided to have me do a pregnancy test. She ran it twice and it was positive much to her disbelief. I was about six weeks along by that point and was having symptoms that I didn’t really pay attention to. I chalked it up to my period coming any time and the pill messing with me again.
So, if someone was pregnant, despite the pill, any bleeding would most likely be implantation bleeding/spotting.
Post # 5
Taking a pregnancy test would be your best bet.
Post # 6
Oh yeah of course I’d take a pregnancy test if I suspected, but my point is when do you begin to suspect? If you’re on the pill and not having a regular period anyway, what kind of pregnancy symptoms would even alert you that you’d need to take a test? I can’t afford one every month!
Post # 7
@MrsCreeToBe: You should have a regular period if you are on the pill. If you are missing periods or they are irregualr there maybe something wrong such as the dose of the pill you are on. The pill regulates your periods.
If you miss a pill or take it incorrectly or take a medication that interrupts the pill or have just started the pill then you can fall pregnant but again you woldn’t have a regular period because your lining wouldn’t shed- that is your first clue.
Othe clues would be the other normal symptoms that you may get if you are pregnant such as nausea, tender/swollen breasts, fatigue, high basal body temperature, increase in cervical mucus, changes in taste and smell, spotting and there are a lot more if you google them.
Personally if I were you, given the amount of anxiety and confusion you are showing over taking the pill, I would talk to my doctor about alternative methods of contraception such as IUD, Implanon, DPMA injections.
Post # 8
I had similar confusions when I first was considering birth control, so I made sure I went on a birth control that made me have no period. I take shots every 3 months because I had a lot of anxiety over missing a pill. It works great for me but for a lot of women it doesn’t. It all depends on your body and what you’d like.
Post # 9
@j_jaye: Right on the money. Even though the “period” you have on the pill isn’t techincally a real period since you never ovulated, you’re still shedding lining that you wouldn’t do if you were pregnant. So pill or no pill, not bleeding means take a test!
And if you’re like me and just take the pill nonstop so you never bleed, you should take regular pregnancy tests anyway just to make sure. Because continuing to take the pill if you’re pregnant is apparently very bad for bebe!
Post # 10
Oooooh I see, so I should still be expecting some sort of period regardless. Interesting! Thanks everyone!
Post # 11
@MrsCreeToBe: … though some people apparently spot when the embryo implants, so if you generally have light periods on the pill anyway, you might be fooled! Just another wrench to toss into the machine, haha.
The moral of the story is, there’s no shame in buying pregnancy tests in bulk and peeing on a stick once a month just to be sure
Post # 11
Anriya: how long was you spotting for I’ve just started and I’ve missed a pill over a week ago..
Post # 12
I have a weird question…i’ve been on the pill for at least 5 years & completed my periods on Sat past. Since yesterday ive been feeling weird (dizzy, nausea, constipated & cramps when I eat) today I sometimes feel lightheaded, nausea & cramps when I eat.
I’ve been married for almost 2 months & honestly haven’t taken my pill the same time everyday but make sure I take it in the mornings, what are the chances of me being pregnant? & is it too soon to do a home pregnancy test.