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A 24-year-old female asked:

i'm on birth control. i take all the active pills and skip the dummies so as to have maybe 4 periods a year. lately i've been bleeding heavily. cause?

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Dr. Raj Syal
Dr. Raj Syalanswered
Obstetrics and Gynecology 33 years experience
The pills: This is a common problem with the way you are taking the pills. If it works it is very convenient, if it does not it causes lots of bleeding problems. I would try every other month.
Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics and Gynecology 44 years experience
Pills or other: The most common side effect of extended bc pills is unpredictable, irregular bleeding.It's not entirely clear why it happens, nor exactly clear how to treat or prevent it. Almost everyone has irregular bleeding at least at first with continuous pills. But, there are other serious causes of heavy bleeding--from pregnancy, to infections (stis or other), to polyps, to cysts. See your doctor.

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I had sex one day ago and I started to bleed a few hours after and my bleeding is a bright red em I pregnant or is that normal

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Dr. Ryan Stanton
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