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A 22-year-old female asked:

Is it normal to have really heavy cramps with breakthrough bleeding while using birth control?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 24 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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A 21-year-old female asked:

What can I do to stop breakthrough bleeding while coming off birth control?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. George Kingsley III
Obstetrics and Gynecology 33 years experience
Not Much: You body has to regulate itself, something the pill has been helping to do. If your cycles were irregular before starting the pill, they will likely be again. Maintain a regulated diet (goal of same # of calories per day), make sure your thyroid is properly maintained and your cycle should improve over time.
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A female asked:
I missed my Sunday birth control pill, took my Monday one, and missed my Tuesday one. I am now experiencing bleeding and cramps. is this normal?
Dr. Zachary Veres
Family Medicine 20 years experience
Bleeding: most likely breakthrough bleeding from birth control. See your gyn doctor
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A 21-year-old female asked:
I just had my period witch was normal as usual been off maybe 3 days and now I'm lightly bleeding with cramps never had this happen before and I've never been any birth control ever is this normal?
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A 33-year-old female asked:
D&c 8 weeks ago. No bleeding after procedure. Started birth control 4 weeks ago. Still no period. Had cramps and dark brown discharge. Is this normal?
Dr. Oscar Novick
Pediatrics 60 years experience
Discharge: Yes, the dark brown discharge is old unoxygenated blood and is considered normal.
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A 20-year-old female asked:
I am now at the 24th day of my birth control pill. I have bleeding and cramps. Is it normal to feel cramps? I have dermoid cysts on both ovaries.
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Can you take pantothenic acid while on birth control? I use the pantothenic acid to control my acne and the birth control (Yaz) for my very painful cramps and heavy monthly bleeding but I wanted to know if its ok to take both?
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 27 years experience
No problems.: That is fine. The Drugs.COM Drug interaction checker shows no interactions between Vitamin B5 and Pantothenic Acid.
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Last updated Apr 7, 2016

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