I have been on the same bc for many years (and take it on time each day) but do experience breakthrough bleeding a couple of times a year. for me, the bleeding comes midway through the ppack--lasts 3-5 days. then i get my withdrawal bleed on time. i am wondering if BTB (breakthrough bleeding) is what is happening. curious, since it is happening so close your period...does the bleeding extend through your placebo week (withdrawal bleed)?
also, curious, are you on a low dose estrogen bc? I guess BTB is more common with low estrogen pills. (which i take).
my understand is that pregnancy is not a concern if you have been taking your pills are prescribed. (if less so in your case since your boyfriend uses protection, too).
honestly, i wouldn't worry about it if this is an isolated situation. if it persists, i would see your gyno. there may be nothing wrong--but pill induced BTB...but you may want to get a different pill to stop it for simply the annoyance factor.View Thread
I am in the second week of active pills (ortho tricyclen-lo) and i have some break through bleeding. I have been on this particular pill for years without a problem. (two years ago I had a planned pregnancy, but went right back on six weeks after delivery). I am in my late 30s, monogamous relationship. I have previously been tested for HPV, STDs (I read that can be the cause)--negative. I do not smoke. I take my pill every day within a two hour window. I am a low weight. I currently do not consume alcohol (but have in the past). I drink lots of herbal tea (but nothing with st. johns wart). I am not on any prescription medication that is known to interact with the pill. I am not on any new medication. my withdrawal bleed was normal and on time last month. any ideas? a reason to see my gyno?View Thread
I have read that drinking concentrated valerian root tea can help ease anxiety as well as help with insomnia. But of course I found some websites that talk about its interaction with "the pill." I absolutely do not want to take anything to compromise the effectiveness of my BCP, but I also do not want to avoid a potentially very helpful herbal treatment. Any real research and validity to the claims of valerian root making BCP less effective? Thanks.View Thread
I am so sorry you are going through so much pain and have been through all of that. It definitely sounds like some negligence is involved. Did your medical charts indicate you had a latex allergy?View Thread
do you have the ability to go to planned parenthood or some other women's resource center? often they will do sliding scale fees based on income and lack of insurance.
This isn't the same thing, but it may truly be a reaction to the hormones (either her own or the synthetic hormones) prior to the onset of her period. Strangely, I get a blister (inside of my mouth on the inside of my lip in the same exact place each month prior to starting my period...it is almost a sign I will start my period).View Thread
thought i posted this...but don't see it. if it is a repeat. i apologize. i missed taking my first pill of the second week of my pack of orthotricyclen lo. i take them when i get home from work--which will mean i will be taking two at a time. is that okay to do? will it protect me from pregnancy?
also, i left my pill pack in the bathroom for one evening by mistake (husband took a shower during this period). will one day being exposed to humidity affect the pill's efficacy?
one more question, a pharmacist once told me completely missing a pill (not making it up) in a month's cycle...will not effect the pill's efficacy. any truth to that?View Thread
Sorry Gail, The board I happened to check was quiet. I respect and admire your dedication to this board and others.
Yes, blood was drawn from my child. Thank you for the clarification about saliva. The only reason I wrote I must assume the toddler is HIV positive is because I have no information to confirm otherwise. I do not believe the child who did the biting was bleeding in/from his/her mouth.
My pediatrician said he should be seen today. tlkittycat...I think that is what my doctor is concerned about...infection.
The daycare did speak with the parent/parents of the child who bit him and was told he/she is up to date on immunizations and has no known health issues (that would cause infection).
Obviously, infection is a concern regardless because it is a bite (that is why we are going to go to the doctor)...but not a known infection of any sort.
I know this would be more appropriate if posted on the HIV board, but it doesn't appear to be checked as often.
I just received a call from my daycare. He was bitten by a fellow toddler and blood was drawn. What are the risks of infection? Since we don't know the status of the toddler, we must assume he/she is HIV positive. I don't know what to do.View Thread