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Period late on birth control. Advice?

I have been taking birth control regularly for years.  I even set alarms to take it at the same time of day every day.  I should have started my period Wednesday.  Home pregnancy test currently shows negative.  Has anyone had this happen before? Thanks for the advice. 

Re: Period late on birth control. Advice?

  • Go to your doctor?  Maybe your O'd later than usual or something else is wrong.  Go to your OB for some bloodwork.

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    Go to your doctor?  Maybe your O'd later than usual or something else is wrong.  Go to your OB for some bloodwork.

    You don't ovulate on birth control genius. Kind of how it works. 

    There is zero reason to run to your OB. It's quite normal to not have withdrawl bleeding while on the pill. As longs as the tests are negative, you are fine. If you go another cycle without bleeding, then maybe call, but it is not uncommon to have no period with hormonal birth control.

     

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  • Thanks for the feedback.  I just haven't been late in the 5 years I've been on the pill. Didn't know if someone else had experienced this.
  • Use backup in the meantime. Give it a few days and if no AF, take another test. I've had self resolving cysts on my ovaries cause me to skip a period. 
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    image MrsNiner:

    Go to your doctor?  Maybe your O'd later than usual or something else is wrong.  Go to your OB for some bloodwork.

    You don't ovulate on birth control genius. Kind of how it works. 

    There is zero reason to run to your OB. It's quite normal to not have withdrawl bleeding while on the pill. As longs as the tests are negative, you are fine. If you go another cycle without bleeding, then maybe call, but it is not uncommon to have no period with hormonal birth control.

     

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    You don't ovulate on birth control genius. Kind of how it works. 

     

    Except with a lot of the newer and different types of pills, you do ovulate. Some pills don't prevent ovulation but just prevent implantation. And most types of pills work two ways, in both suppressing ovulation and implantation, since suppressing ovulation only works about 80%-90% of the time, the combined effect is more effective. 

    So sorry, you can ovulate on BP and still have them working normally. 

    And there is a failure rate with pills which does cause people to get pregnant, so I am guessing they ovulated.  

    That said, it is not uncommon to be late now and then. It usually happened to me when on pills once a year or so.  

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  • I wouldn't bother your doctor. It's very normal for your cycles to be "off" the first few months following going off your BC.


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  • I had that happen to me once and I was not pregnant. My period was randomly like 3 or 4 days late on the pill and that had NEVER happened before.
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  • In the many years I was on hormonal bc, first thei pill and then the nuvaring, I missed my "period" twice.  

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  • I got pregnant with my son while I was on BC pills.  I took it everyday the same time...no changes at the time...I guess I was just that small percent.

    BUT...my AF was SO regular while on BC..that when I didn't get it on scheduled day...I took a test next morning and it was positive IMMEDIATELY.

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    You don't ovulate on birth control genius. Kind of how it works. 

     

    Except with a lot of the newer and different types of pills, you do ovulate. Some pills don't prevent ovulation but just prevent implantation. And most types of pills work two ways, in both suppressing ovulation and implantation, since suppressing ovulation only works about 80%-90% of the time, the combined effect is more effective. 

    So sorry, you can ovulate on BP and still have them working normally. 

    And there is a failure rate with pills which does cause people to get pregnant, so I am guessing they ovulated.  

    That said, it is not uncommon to be late now and then. It usually happened to me when on pills once a year or so.  

    Confused  That is their purpose and how they are intended to work- by suppressing ovulation. Just because there are minor exceptions doesn't mean she should start charting to make sure she isn't ovulating.

    But yes, let's focus on the exception and treat is as the norm. That works oh so well.

    Most of the failure rate with pills is due to user error and not something with the pill itself. But you conveniently forgot that point.

     

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    You don't ovulate on birth control genius. Kind of how it works. 

     

    Except with a lot of the newer and different types of pills, you do ovulate. Some pills don't prevent ovulation but just prevent implantation. And most types of pills work two ways, in both suppressing ovulation and implantation, since suppressing ovulation only works about 80%-90% of the time, the combined effect is more effective. 

    So sorry, you can ovulate on BP and still have them working normally. 

    And there is a failure rate with pills which does cause people to get pregnant, so I am guessing they ovulated.  

    That said, it is not uncommon to be late now and then. It usually happened to me when on pills once a year or so.  

    Confused  That is their purpose and how they are intended to work- by suppressing ovulation. Just because there are minor exceptions doesn't mean she should start charting to make sure she isn't ovulating.

    But yes, let's focus on the exception and treat is as the norm. That works oh so well.

    Most of the failure rate with pills is due to user error and not something with the pill itself. But you conveniently forgot that point.

     

     

    Again, NOT TRUE. Progesterone only pills do not prevent ovulation only implantation and these are not uncommon. The combination pill prevents both ovulation and implantation. The OP did not state what kind of pill she was taking, so it isn't necessarily true that she isn't ovulating.

     Also some statistics say 1/5 women will still ovulate with the pill - not exactly a rarity.

     AND the failure rate is for when the pill is USED PROPERLY and does not account for miss use, at least that is what it always says on my package.

     But apparently you have to be not only right but also obnoxious about it. So Yay for you! 

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  • Thanks for the feedback from everyone.  I've been taking ortho tri cyclen for almost a year.  Ortho novum before that for a total of over 5 years.  I did not try to come off birth control.  I have still not started my period at this point, and I took another home pregnancy test and it's still negative.  I'm concerned about starting a new pack of pills.  My husband and I want children, we were just hoping to wait another little while. 
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    Thanks for the feedback.  I just haven't been late in the 5 years I've been on the pill. Didn't know if someone else had experienced this.

    A few months before my wedding, I got on a low-dose birth control pill. I had a couple "periods" like normal, but right after my honeymoon, it never came. Well I started FREAKING out that I was pregnant with a honeymoon baby, because the time change threw me off and I took some pills late. It turned out I wasn't pregnant, and I actually missed a few more "periods" while still on that pill. However, when I was on another brand of pill a few years before that, I never missed the bleeding either. I'm sure you're fine, but if you're still worried, take another pregnancy test in a week. 

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    Again, NOT TRUE. Progesterone only pills do not prevent ovulation only implantation and these are not uncommon. The combination pill prevents both ovulation and implantation. The OP did not state what kind of pill she was taking, so it isn't necessarily true that she isn't ovulating.

     Also some statistics say 1/5 women will still ovulate with the pill - not exactly a rarity.

     AND the failure rate is for when the pill is USED PROPERLY and does not account for miss use, at least that is what it always says on my package.

     But apparently you have to be not only right but also obnoxious about it. So Yay for you! 

    Wrong.  Progesterone only BC works primarily to trick your body into thinking it is already pregnant, therefore not releasing an egg.  Some types, like the mini-pill, also change the environment of your uterus on the off chance an egg is released. 


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