I have been taking my pill packs back to back for awhile now.
Everytime I would start to spot, I would take that as a cue to stop taking the pills and swtich then to the 7 sugar pills, and thus get my period.
Just this week, I went on a vacation to mexico, I made sure I took the sugar pills about a week and a half before I went to ensure I wouldnt get my period on vacation... regardless, I DID get my period in mexico. It was spotting at first, but I find that if I dont switch to the sugar pills when I start spotting, I will spot until the time does come to take the sugar pills. I am wondering if perhaps I need to be on a stronger pill brand? I am on the generic aviane brand. I was on alesse but it made me very moody. If I switch to the sugar pills in the middle of a pack, should I then throw that half used pack away and start a new pack after the 7 sugar pills? or continue with the same pack? I also got my period the day after scuba diving (this happened last mexican vacation scuba dive about 4 years ago), and was curious if perhaps the change in pressure could on set my period?
Another possible factor was "hooking up" (no intercourse) with a guy the night before after not being with a man for about 3 months, could that cause spotting? Stirring up some old blood perhaps?
Any suggestions on what might have caused this spotting? boys? diving? hormone imbalance? Ive been on the pill for about 5 years now, and the spotting has become more frequent. I also was checked/ had a colposcopy a year ago to check for abnormal possible pre cancerous cells, but that came back negitive. I know I should see a dr, and I will - its just all the offices are closed for xmas, and itll take years to get a obgyn appointment - anything info you can give me, may help soothe my mind till I make it to a dr!