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Youngsville, NC
A 20-year-old female asked:

on birth control 2yrs. having bleeding in between. been on period for 12 days now what could be the cause?

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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. Ann Collins
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Maybe normal: Several reasons. You should check a pregnancy test to rule that out. If you have missed or been late taking pills, you will bet bleeding. If the pharmacy has changed your pill to a different pill, that can be a cause. You could have an ovarian cyst. If the symptoms resolve with the next pill pack, I would not worry. If the bleeding continues into the next pack, you should see you gynecologist.

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