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Old 01-14-2010, 10:44 AM   #1
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Can I stop taking the pill during a pack?

I have been taking the pill (microgynon 30) for a year and a half and have never had any problems. I have taken 2 packets back to back on a few occasions and there has been no trouble. However this time I am getting some dark thick blood in my discharge. Am I able to stop taking this second pack now with 9 pills still to go and get my period in a day or two? If so will I be protected against pregnancy if I take my 7 day break now?

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Old 01-15-2010, 03:07 AM   #2
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Re: Can I stop taking the pill during a pack?

I guess that's breakthrough bleeding after back to back packs. I think the general advice with pills is to always finish the pack no matter what. If you stop mid pack, it can mess your cycle up and might cause more inconvenience.

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Re: Can I stop taking the pill during a pack?

I don't think you'll be protected against pregnancy if you stop taking them in the middle of the pack. As it is, if you quit at the end of your pack, it's very possible to be super fertile if you don't start with another active pack after a placebo break. Some women get pregnant immediately before their next period when they quit the pill because they started ovulating again really soon.

I would advise against quitting in the middle of the pack. In addition to what I mentioned, as the previous poster stated, you run the risk of messing up your cycle.

Besides, I didn't see any reason why you wouldn't be able to wait until this pack is done. It's not like it's for a good reason. Finish the pack and then make sure you use protection like a condom if you don't want to get pregnant.

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