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A 41-year-old member asked:

Is there a way to get lighter periods without birth control?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. David Kurss
Obstetrics and Gynecology 37 years experience
NSAIDs : Generally the pill is the most reliable method to lighten the menses. Nsaids, like ibuprofen, motrin, advil, may be helpful, as well, but it is unlikely to be as effective.
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A 45-year-old member asked:

Do periods get lighter when on birth control?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Cornelia Franz
Specializes in Pediatrics
They can: Many women find that on oral contraceptives that their periods are lighter and shorter. Cramps are also diminished for many.
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A 30-year-old member asked:

Can there be any way to get help paying for birth control?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics & Gynecology 46 years experience
Options vary : Many states have health department clinics where you can get free or low cost birth control, or planned parenthood has many clinics across the country (see planned parenthood.Org to find a clinic). Many medical centers also have birth control clinics. Birth control is always less expensive than an unplanned pregnancy.
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A 34-year-old member asked:

Do periods get heavier when you start birth control?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Daniel Rychlik
Fertility Medicine 28 years experience
Menses: Menses usually gets lighter with the pill. The pill works by decreasing the stimulation on the lining of the uterus.
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A 48-year-old member asked:

Why would someone take birth control to get periods?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Garrett Garner
Obstetrics and Gynecology 11 years experience
Good ?: Women who take the pill to get cycles do so to help clean out the uterus. A chronic absence of a cycle can cause a build up of tissue and even help a person develop precancerous cells in the uterus.
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A 21-year-old female asked:
I've been on birth control for three years and lately my periods have been getting lighter. Is this normal?
Dr. Parul Krishnamurthy
Obstetrics & Gynecology 36 years experience
Yes: Light periods is a desirable side effect of contraceptive pills
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A 18-year-old female asked:
On birth control, got period on time lighter than usual is it normal?
Dr. Christine Hom
Pediatrics 32 years experience
Yes: Birth control pills control the timing of your period, and the flow is often lighter than usual.
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Been on birth control since March. Is it normal for my periods to be lighter, shorter, and more brown blood?
Dr. Diane Minich
Family Medicine 39 years experience
Yes: Periods often get lighter and can skip periods on the pill.
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Does getting my period 10 days early mean im pregnant? Missed 2 birth contriol pills, and period is lasting longer and lighter than usual.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 51 years experience
Not likely: If you are having a regular period, not just spotting, you are not likely to be pregnant. If you have any doubt, you may do a home pregnancy test usin... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
I just started taking my birth control again. My period this month is lighter than usual and brownish and a little clotty. Is this normal?
Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 24 years experience
Yes: One of the nice side effects of birth control is lighter, shorter periods.
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Last updated Feb 2, 2017

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