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Will I have periods if I'm on the pill?

In the development of the contraceptive pill, a hormone-free week was built into each month in order to provide the women with reassurance that she was not pregnant. During this week, a woman may take placebo pills or no pills at all. Typically, she will bleed during this week. Some women will mistake this for a period, but it is not. The hormones in the pill prevented ovulation and stabilized the lining of the uterus; the bleeding that may occur is merely the uterus responding to the withdrawal of the hormones.

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