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Unusual period on birth control

Hi. I'm on the pill, orthotriciclin, and I don't always take it at the same time. I often work late or don't make it home where I keep them.  I have missed a day here and there. My period always starts on a Wednesday. In the evening like clock work. Last month it started on a Thursday, and a day off the typical 28 day cycle I maintain. It was a regular period with the regular symptoms. This month, it also started on a Thursday. It is however pretty light, and lighter cramping. I am sexually active w my live in boyfriend.  I started the pill in December, so seven months now. I do plan to take a pregnancy test, but is this normal? Do others experience this?
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As you know, it’s really important to take the birth control pill at the same time each day, and not to miss a day, otherwise the effectiveness of the birth control goes down and it is possible for you to ovulate and get pregnant.

To answer your question, yes, it is possible that this is all normal -- your periods will get lighter while on the pill. It is also possible that you could be pregnant since you have missed pills.

I recommend you take a pregnancy test to make sure you are not pregnant, and then find a system to remember to take your pill at the same time every morning. Can you set a phone alarm? Send yourself automatic text messages at the same time every day? Get in the habit of taking it with lunch? Or, perhaps consider other forms of birth control that you don’t have to remember every day: such as the patch, an intrauterine device, or Nexplanon.  Good luck!
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