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A 21-year-old female asked:

I'm taking birth control pills..i was off my period for about 4 days then i had sex.. i bleed during the second time of intercourse.what does it mean?

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 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.
Dr. Bryan Kurtz
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Cervical bleeding: Sometimes, especially with deep penetration, you may have bleeding during or after sex. If it keeps happening, though, you should probably be checked for an infection or other abnormality of the cervix. Also, on BCPs, sometimes the lining of the uterus is unstable, and if you have an orgasm, some of the lining may break down and you will bleed. If is a recurring problem, you should get checked.

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Last updated May 19, 2014

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