A 30-year-old female asked:
Started taking new birth control at the beginning of my period. my period was light & now in the 2nd week i'm bleeding again but heavier. this normal?
1 doctor answer • 3 doctors weighed in
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 11% 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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