I am 29 years old and married. I have been on the birth control pill for 8 years; 4 months ago, I switched from Sprintec to LoestrinFe. My period has always started on day 2-3 of the "placebo pills." This time however, it has been 7 days since I started this latest round of placebo pills and no period; in other words, I am 5 days late. I have not yet restarted the LoestrinFe "regular" pills yet. I took an OTC pregnancy test 2 days ago, which was negative. I know that one missed period can be common with birth control pills, but this has never happened before with me; I've always been on time like clockwork. However, I did recently switch to a new brand of pill. If I am actually pregnant, it would not be a bad thing; it would just be a little earlier than my husband and I had planned, and we would definitely continue with the pregnancy.
My question is: when should I restart the next cycle of pills? As I said before, I have not yet restarted them, in case I am pregnant. I will try another pregnancy test next week, but should I restart the pills in the meantime? If I were pregnant, I would continue with the pregnancy. However, if I am not pregnant, I want to continue with birth control. If I am pregnant, will restarting the pills now and then possibly stopping them (if the pregnancy test is positive next week) harm the fetus? Or should I hold off restarting the pill until I definitely have a period, which may be another month? That wouldn't be the end of the world, just awfully inconvenient.
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