Adrian, MI
A 20-year-old female asked:

What causes period like cramps a few days after stopping birth control? i stopped in the middle of a pack. also, what if i dont hav withdraw bleeding?

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Dr. Jana Tomsky Corvalan
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Period to start soon: If u stopped birth control - it is expected to have period in 1 week (" withdraw bleeding") ... commonly its precede with cramps just like before any period usually about 1 week ahead. Was there a reason for discontinuation? Are you planing to be pregnant? Check pregnancy test later if period will not occur.
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Dr. Claudette Anderson
Specializes in Gynecology
Menstrual cramps are: Usually caused by hormones called prostaglandins which are intimately involved in the menstraul cycle.The removal of the hormonal supression ,thus,withdrawal bleeding would then cause crimps to recur.
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Last updated Apr 15, 2016

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