Anonymous said: hello, i'm going to be quick because i'm kinda freaking out. i shouldn't get my period for another 6 days (i'm on the pill) and i've started bleeding. i've never spotted between periods before, and i've no idea if this is just spotting. the only issue is, earlier today i found a pill on my floor which means somewhere along the line i've somehow not taken a pill. i'm pretty worried, my boyfriend is being a dick about it and some advice would be lovely :( <3
Oh! First thing’s first, deep breath, because stressing won’t do you any good ok?
The way that the pill works, is that you take a certain number of days of full doses of hormones, and then you take a week of pills that are either significantly lower doses, or more often no doses at all (they are just placebo pills basically). The placebo week is basically a fake period, where your body has a sort of “withdrawal” bleeding because it’s no longer on the hormones. It’s not a real period.
This means that, if you miss a pill, it can totally trigger a “period”! That’s very likely what’s going on, and I bet everything is ok.
You can definitely call your doctor on Monday to double check, but I think you’ll be fine.
You also probably missed the pill sometime within the last few days, so I wouldn’t worry about pregnancy really. However, I would use a condom during sex within the next few weeks until you’ve gotten back on a solid cycle with the pill.
Although, I would like to know—why is your boyfriend being a jerk?! It’s totally not ok for him to be treating you poorly while this is happening. If you would like to talk more about that, let me know. Ok Anon?
I hope you’re doing ok. <3