What’s Up With The Pill And Missed Periods?
On Monday, over at glamour.com’s Vitamin G blog, Dr. Kate answered a reader’s question: “I’m using a new form of birth control but haven’t gotten my period. Could I be pregnant?” Yikes! These days, it’s not uncommon for birth control pills to vanish our periods completely. In fact, I recently started taking Loestrin 24 Fe and haven’t had a period in two months! The first time I missed it, I FREAKED OUT and took a pregnancy test. What? Last time I missed my period, I was pregnant. OK, last time I wasn’t on the
Pill–still, I panicked!
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Obviously, the test was NEGATIVE, so what’s behind this missed period? Well, my pill contains 24 active pills and four placebo pills. Because of the hormones in the three extra white active pills, your period may last fewer days, and your uterine lining may not build up as much, so there may be less menstrual flow or none at all (I really need to read the fine print). Of course, the chances of getting pregnant while properly taking the Pill are slim (it’s 99 percent effective in preventing pregnancy), but there’s still that 1 percent, and, yes, women have become pregnant while on the Pill.
__Storked! readers, are you on a pill that doesn’t make you bleed? Have you ever freaked out over a missed period even though you’re on the Pill? Is a pill that nixes your period altogether right for you? Let’s discuss. __
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