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I stopped bcps in january. i haven't had a period yet but i have been spotting off and on for the last week. i am trying to conceive. should i worry?

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 24 years experience
Irergular periods : Irregular periods are one of the most common problems obgyns treat. If this is one time problem it usually resolves on its own. If this is a recurring problem you should be evaluated. There are many options available to help regulate the menstrual cycle. If you are trying to conceive the schedule a visit. Schedule a visit to see if you are ovulating.
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Dr. Safiyya Shabazz
Family Medicine 21 years experience
No: Ocps block ovulation. Menstrual bleeding is a sign you may be starting to ovulate again. Give it 6 months if you're over 30, a year if you're younger.
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Last updated Mar 18, 2013

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