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A 22-year-old female asked:

I still have breakthrough bleeding for a few days right before placebo week on pack 5 of sprintec. should i wait longer before switching bcps?

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Dr. Vahe Yetimyan
General Practice 53 years experience
You probably: need a bcp with higher amount of estrogen in it. Talk to your doctor.
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