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Was This My Period?

Published: November 18, 2016
Dear TeenHealthFX,
I started my period 2 weeks early and it really wasnt a period. I was bleeding but it was bright red and I had huge clots and have have lower back pain. i dont know if I could of had a miscarriage or not. I have been taking birth control for almost a year now and never expericened this before.. please help me.
Signed: Was This My Period?

Dear Was This My Period?,

There are several possibilities of what may have happened here. If you missed any birth control pills it is possible that you were experiencing some break-through bleeding. Although it is important to note that what you described does sound like more bleeding than is generally seen with break-through bleeding. It is also possible that you did become pregnant and had a miscarriage if something happened to lower the efficacy of your birth control pills. For example, if you were medically ill and/or taking certain medications recently (such as certain antibiotics), it could have lowered the effectiveness of the pill, putting you at greater risk for becoming pregnant. Finally, TeenHealthFX is wondering whether you started your most recent pack of pills as prescribed. If you did not, it could have lowered the efficacy of the pill and interfered with your menstrual cycle.

Because TeenHealthFX cannot know for sure what happened here, we do think that it is important to check in with your doctor. You could meet with your primary care physician, gynecologist or adolescent medicine specialist. Your doctor can give you a pregnancy test, as well as go over various things that can lower the effectiveness of the birth control pill (such as missing pills or not starting a new pack correctly), so that you do not increase your risk of unwanted pregnancies. If you don’t feel comfortable checking with your doctor, you can always contact a local Planned Parenthood clinic.

If you don't have a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health at 973-971-5199 for an appointment with an adolescent medicine specialist or contact your local teen health center or Planned Parenthood. You can also contact your insurance company for a list of in-network providers.

Signed: TeenHealthFX

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