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A 45-year-old female asked:

Is it possible to stop breakthrough bleeding when i took 3 doses later than my scheduled time on 5mg of norethindrone?

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Dr. Jin Choi
Dr. Jin Choianswered
Family Medicine 13 years experience
Brkthrgh bleed: Yes, absolutely you can. The hormone based contraceptives work by suppressing the hormonal pathway between the brain and your reproductive organs. Thus, if you skip few doses then that suppression will no longer take place and eventually lead to breakthrough bleeding or resumption of your periods. if this continues to be an issue, you should talk with your primary care provider to discuss further.
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Last updated Jun 27, 2018

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