Post # 1
I’ve mostly been a lurker, but finally got up the courage to post. I’m really at a loss and don’t know what’s going on. Here’s my story (sorry it turned out a bit long):
I missed a few pills, maybe 3 in a row then took the ones I missed, then I think I missed one or maybe even two during the tail end of the second week and into the third of my pack. I’ve done this before, though maybe not as bad, and I’m embarrassed to say that life was so busy I can’t remember which days and how many, usually I’m really on top of things, but I ultimately took all the pills.
I started having light brown spotting, not enough for a tampon or a pad, just on the tissue when I went to the bathroom, then it was gone. I figured it was breakthrough bleeding and ignored it. I was supposed to get my period last Friday, and we were going to a wedding and guests in town so realized Saturday I hadn’t really gotten my period. The very light spotting even stopped by Sunday. I usually have a light flow 2-3 days and then brownish til I start my pills again, but there is absolutely nothing. I tried frer and wondfos, but got negative.
This is so strange, I have been on the pill for 12 years and nothing like this has ever happened. We’re actually coming off the pill to ttc this month so I”m not restarting a pack, so a bfp would be welcome, but I’m so confused! Should I just keep testing?
Post # 3
@hoogirl05: I think that more likely than not, you’re just spotting because your hormones are out of whack. You can’t just take pills whenever you want lol. I know you know this, but basically unless you miss only one pill, you’re supposed to use a back-up method.
You could be pregnant, but I think I would wait a couple more weeks before you test again.
Post # 4
What kind of pill are you on? Low hormone? This happened to me last October. I missed four pills in a row and did take them all eventually. Then I had some breakthrough bleeding throughout the rest of the cycle but no period. Now it was the norm for me to not really get a period (just a little cramping and spotting) but I was concerned enough to take a test and it was negative-o! I doubt you are pregnant and I honestly wouldn’t worry about it.
Post # 5
I really don’t have any advice for you but wanted to comment and sent you good luck! Hope you get a BFP soon if you aren’t already!
Post # 6
Thanks Bees! I think I’m probably symptom spotting because I’m stopping the pill this month – we just found out our friends are pregnant this weekend, and I’m thrilled because we won’t be the first ones in our group and I’ll have someone to talk to about it! DH So, a lot of excitement this past weekend – DH even said well, since they are pregnant, we might as well not prolong the inevitable, you can stop the pill! I do feel pretty stupid for forgetting my pills, but SO happy I don’t have to remember them anymore!
Post # 8
yeah, i also think you’re just symptom spotting and your body was just out of whack from the missed pills. i’ve missed only one pill before and had weird symptoms and freaked out lol (as you can see in my posting history haha). hopefully you guys get a BFP soon! it may only take a couple cycles off the pill. 😉
Post # 9
Go take a pregnancy test as a precaution. But this just sounds like out of whack hormones. Taking more than two at a time is rough on your body, and messing up 4 or 5 pills could do this to you.
Post # 10
One more vote for your hormones being out of whack rather than a pregnancy. FWIW: my BCPs say that if you miss one, you should take it ASAP, but if you miss a few that month (esp in a row), you should just throw away the pack, because you’re not protected from pregnancy after that large a gap in dosage. Obviously that’s NBD for you, because you’re TTC shortly…and I’ll admit that I don’t know what the advice would be for people who are taking it primarily for health reasons rather than as a contraceptive. But just as an FYI/PSA for those out there: if you often find yourself forgetting to take the pill and you are relying on it to prevent pregnancy, you may want to look into a different form of birth control like the shot, the NuvaRing, or an IUD.