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how long does the heavy vaginal bleeding last after you start taking birth control pills

A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Kirk
Dr. John Kirk answered
26 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Not usual: Heavy bleeding is not typical upon starting the pill. While it is common to have some irregular or break through bleeding or is not typically heavy. C ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Videh Mahajan
24 years experience Internal Medicine
Vaginal bleed: Not recommended. Vaginal bleeding could be due to somthing more serious. Needs evaluation.
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
Cannot diagnose: Without being able to examine you and see the discharge it is not possible to say what this might be. See your gynecologist and be evaluated. Good l ... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Harold Mandel
39 years experience General Practice
Immediate exam: There are a myriad of possible causes of your vaginal bleeding ranging from changing or stopping birth control pills, to a forgotten (retained) tampon ... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Wayne Ingram
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
A bit 'fluffy': Obesity can cause menstrual irregularity and prolonged bleeding due to the conversion of androstenedione to estrone from peripheral fat, an active es ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. George Grunert
51 years experience Fertility Medicine
Birth control pills,: When you miss birth control pills, your uterine lining loses its hormonal support which can cause bleeding. You need to use a backup method of birth c ... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeff Livingston
21 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Unpredictable: The bleeding patterns with depoprovera are unpredictable. You are right that for some in takes the period away. For others it causes irregular bleedin ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Jeff Livingston
21 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Breakthrough bleed: Breakthrough bleeding (bleeding at the wrong time) is very normal on birth control. It happens in about 1/3 of users. Its no big deal and usually sel ... Read More
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
If you have a polyp: That is bleeding get it medically checked. Oral contraceptives are not the answer.
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
29 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes it can: You should see your doctor and have an ultrasound exam of the uterus to determine why you are bleeding so.
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