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A 42-year-old member asked:

Can birth control/contraceptives cause excessive bleeding?

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Dr. Mark Trolice
Fertility Medicine 32 years experience
Not usually: Birth control pills actually can decrease mensutrual flow and occasionally result in no periods. During the first three months of use, breakthrough bleeding may occur. Evaluation by your gynecologist is appropriate.

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A 29-year-old male asked:

What can cause bleeding even while on continuous birth control?

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Dr. Ivy Fisher
Pediatrics 45 years experience
Breakthru bleeding: One can have breakthru bleeding if on BCPs, thru irregular levels of hormonal levels, ie low estrogen. Don't use anti-inflammatory meds ie Aleve, Advil which can increase bleeding. Observe, keep a diary and if bleeding increases, contact GYN MD for further evaluation thru healthtap.
A 30-year-old member asked:

What could cause bleeding after birth control?

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Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics & Gynecology 45 years experience
Pill side effects: In the first 1-3 months after starting birth control pills, irregular bleeding (termed "breakthrough bleeding" is common. For almost everyone, periods become very regular and predictable after that time. Write down the dates of bleeding, keep taking the pill at the same time daily (missed pills can cause irregular bleeding), and see your doctor if it persists beyond 3 months.

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