I saw you’re new to birth control pills! Here’s some stuff to know. (Read your pamphlet, multiple times if you need to, and always use the search bar on this app before posting a question to see if it’s already been answered). Some things to know are:
Any vaginal bleeding during the time you’re taking your active pills is called “breakthrough bleeding.”
Any bleeding when you are on your break (placebo) week is called “breakthrough bleeding.”
The pill works to make you not ovulate, no any bleeding you experience at any time is not considered your period anymore. Bleeding is also not an indicator about whether you are pregnant or not. Bleeding is a normal side effect of the pill.
Combination pills have a 12 hour window, which means as long as you take it within 12 hours of your normal time, it is not considered “late.” Example: If you took your pill at 8am on Monday, it will be on time as long as you take it before 8**PM** on Tuesday (24 hours + 12 hours). If you normally take your pill at 8am every day, but sleep in one day and take it at 10am that day, you’re fine and still protected.
You are either protected or not protected. There is no in-between. You can’t be “less protected” or “kind of protected.” Youve either been taking your pills correctly or not. If you accidentally mess up (late pill or missed pill), you should follow your pamphlet’s instructions which will explain exactly what to do.
Make sure that if you’re unsure whether you’re protected or not, FIRST figure out your protection status, THEN if you know you’re protected you can have condomless sex (assuming you and your partner are both tested for STDs etc). Don’t have unprotected sex first, and question your protection status after.
Do not take plan b unnecessarily. Many people do this. Read your birth control pamphlet to confirm whether or not you were protected, if you are ever unsure after the fact. Accidents happen.
Mannnny pregnancy symptoms are the same symptoms you can experience with birth control pills. If you’ve been taking your pills correctly on time, and accounting for vomiting/diarrhea, then you are protected and not pregnant. You may google “nausea, bloating, belly ache” etc. symptoms and find that these are pregnancy symptoms. Remember that they can also just be symptoms of taking birth control. If you ever need to make sure whether you’re pregnant or not, the only way to know is to take a pregnancy test (at least 3 weeks after the unprotected sex).
These are just some things that get asked a lot so I tried to put them all here so you can refer back here if you need to! :)