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How long should breakthrough bleeding go on

A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jacob Tal
Dr. Jacob Tal answered
46 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
BTB bleeding: If just starting a low dose ocp, btb may occur during the 1st few cycles.
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kent Childs
29 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
BTB: Breakthrough can occur even when you take your pills on time. Usually it occurs somewhere mid cycle and may last 2-10 days depending on severity
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Patterson
42 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
May not stop: Unless treated or evaluated or may stop after 1-2 months depending on the cause, please call your obgyn for evaluation.
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. J. patrick Tokarz
Specializes in Family Medicine
Hormones: There are several conditions that can cause the symptoms that you described. Although some may be benign, there are others that should be treated. I s ... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bac Nguyen
23 years experience Family Medicine
Spotting to 2+ wks..: It is variable, but typically breakthough bleeding last 2-3 days. Some unfortunately can last couple of weeks...Often lighter and less crampy than nor ... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mary David
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Depends: It depends on what is causing it. If you missed or took pills late, it should be better after your period when you start your new pack of pills. If yo ... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeff Livingston
22 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Sure: Breakthrough bleeding is when someone bleeds at the wrong time while on birth control. Since the bleeding is unpredictable it can occur at any time. I ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alfredo Nieves
40 years experience Gynecology
2-3 months: As a general rule most hormonal contraceptives may have breakthrough bleeding as a side aeffect that usually lasts for about 3 months. If BTB lasts lo ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carrie Champine
18 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Couple months: Typically when we start women on the pill, we tell them to expect some breakthrough bleeding. Consider trying it for three months, and make sure you ... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeff Livingston
22 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Varies: Breakthrough bleeding is common but not normal therefore there is no normal time for it to last. It can be frustrating but it usually resolved on its ... Read More
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