I started HBC 8 days ago, on the first day of my period (I was just spotting at that point). After that, I continued to spot for a few days and it was super dark brown. The past few days though, I've been getting a full on red period. It's not quite as heavy as it was before I started the pill, but it's definitely a period, a lot more than just spotting. I've also been feeling pretty crampy, which is unusual for me for more than one day. The cramps aren't as severe though, it's like my normal one day of severe cramps has been spread out into 4 days of mild cramps.
I know breakthrough bleeding is extremely normal, especially when you first start HBC, but is this breakthrough bleeding, or am I still getting my last period? The fact that I've been crampy has made me think it's more than breakthrough bleeding, but is that even possible? I was under the impression that taking the pills would stop my current period, since you can stack the packs to skip a period... Am I wrong?