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

A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Kirk
Obstetrics and Gynecology 27 years experience
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 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Videh Mahajan
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
Vaginal bleed: Not recommended. Vaginal bleeding could be due to somthing more serious. Needs evaluation.
Dr. Wayne Ingram
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
First know the cause: Oral contraceptives are often used to stop "breakthrough bleeding" by "doubling" the pills for several days. However , if the cause is unknown, please... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
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 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Harold Mandel
General Practice 40 years experience
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 22-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
Fertility Medicine 52 years experience
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 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
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
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
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 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
If you have a polyp: That is bleeding get it medically checked. Oral contraceptives are not the answer.
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 30 years experience
See GYN: Let the GYN know that on a rare occasion you get heavy bleeding after intercourse. Depending on the angle of penile insertion, the force, the body po... Read More

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