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Hello%2C I started alltting 4 days after my period ended. So far it has been two weeks and I am worried. I did start taking my new birth control pack 2 days before my period was supposed to end because I forgot what day i was supposed to start because I was on vacation and didnt remember what day I was supposed to start the new one. I then took two inactive pills in one day. Could this be the reason I%27m spotting%3F Thank you%21

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Thank you for your query at
I am one of the InHouse Physicians and I reviewed your consult before forwarding it to the concerned specialist.
Can you kindly elaborate on the statement ' I started alltting 4 days after my period ended ' There seems to be a typo and it is critical what you mean is conveyed to the specialist. So kindly elaborate/ clarify, and then the specialist would reply.

Patient replied :

Sorry. The webpage wasn't letting me type properly and I corrected the errors but it didn't seem to update.
What happened was I ended up starting my new pack of birth control 2 days before my period was supposed to end. Then imy period stopped and I ended up having unprotected sex with my boyfriend 2 days later I was worried that the birth control wasn't in full effect so I took two pills that night. A couple days later I started spotting and it's now been 2 weeks straight. It's gotten heavier and I have gotten severe cramps the last two nights
If you need any other information, let me know.
Thank you!!

Thank you for posting your query at
This is quite complicated !
Birth control is always to be started on the first / second day of your periods.
You started it at absolutely the wrong time.
To top it you took double the dose just 2 days later.
The spotting is to be expected.
This is because of the erratic way this was started.
There are two ways now to go about this -
1. Just continue taking the pills as usual - the spotting and cramps will stop eventually.
2. Stop the pills after finishing the current pack, wait for your period / withdrawal bleed and then start a new pack.
All the best
Please feel free to discuss further.

Patient replied :

That would make sense, but I have been on birth control for the last 5 years. So It wasn't my first time starting it, I was just starting the new month. Does that make a difference?

How come you were starting a new pack just before your periods ??
Please reply.

Patient replied :

I was on vacation and didn't remember what day I sas supposed to start the new ones

Then the two options for you remain the same ...
Feel free to discuss further,

Dr. Aarti Vazirani
Category: Infertility Specialist
Residency: Obstetrics & Gynecolog, BJMC,Civil hospital, Ahmedabad, 2008
Post Graduate: MS (Obstetrics & Gynecology), B.J. Medical College, Ahmedabad, 2008
Medical School: MBBS, B.J. Medical College, Ahmedabad, 2004
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