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how can i stop breakthrough bleeding while on the pill constantly?

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Dr. Carrie Champine
Obstetrics and Gynecology 18 years experience
Take consistently: Be sure that you are up to date on your exam as cervical lesions and polyps which can be detected on exams can cause this. Missed pills and smoking are other causes of breakthrough bleeding. Consider a pregnancy test if any missed pills. Finally, talk to your doctor, you may need a change in the dose of your pill to stop the bleeding.
Dr. Walter Futterweit
Endocrinology 64 years experience
Use the full E2 dose: 30ug Ethinyl estradiol is less likely to stop breakthrough bleeding

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Cincinnati, OH
A 31-year-old female asked:

How long does breakthrough bleeding usually last?

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Dr. Bac Nguyen
Family Medicine 23 years experience
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 normal menstrual flow. So, if you have prolonged and heavy flow with significant pain/fever etc...Please consult doc for possible infections such as endometritis etc... Good luck.
A 32-year-old member asked:

How long should breakthrough bleeding go on?

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Dr. Jacob Tal
Obstetrics and Gynecology 46 years experience
BTB bleeding: If just starting a low dose ocp, btb may occur during the 1st few cycles.
A 31-year-old female asked:

Can breakthrough bleeding happen a week before expected period?

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Dr. Gerard Honore
Fertility Medicine 29 years experience
Yes!: Absolutely. There are also other possible causes, but this is not to worry about unless it becomes a pattern.
Skokie, IL
A 25-year-old female asked:

What's breakthrough bleeding?

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Dr. Timothy Raichle
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
Not cycle related: Every month most women get a period that lasts for about 5-7 days. Bleeding that is not related to this cycle is considered "breakthrough bleeding". This can be related to hormonal / cycle related problems, or related to anatomic problems, such as uterine polyps.
A 42-year-old member asked:

How long will breakthrough bleeding last?

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Dr. Alan Patterson
Obstetrics and Gynecology 42 years experience
May not stop: Unless treated or evaluated or may stop after 1-2 months depending on the cause, please call your obgyn for evaluation.

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