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A 22-year-old female asked:

I had a normal period, started new pack of bc and have bleeding brown and red for over a week. dizzy nausea lightheaded. neg pregnant test. seriousness?

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 23 years experience
Breakthrough bleed: Breakthrough bleeding (bleeding at the wrong time) is very common on birth control. It happens in about 1/3 of users. Its no big deal and usually self corrects over time. If you are not satisfied or it continues to happen then consider using a different birth control method. It is a common side effect and does not mean something is wrong or that the pill is not working.
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Last updated Dec 26, 2014

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