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Period last dec. 14-17. Had breakthrough bleeding dec. 25-31 then stopped pills. Around when should my next period be? When to test if pregnant?

Period last dec. 14-17. Had breakthrough bleeding dec. 25-31 then stopped pills. Around when should my next period be? When to test if pregnant?

Hard to guess: After stopping pills in the middle of a birth control pill pack, there may be some withdrawal bleeding. It is hard to guess when the next normal period will be, as that might depend on a woman ovulating within 2-3 weeks (but not every woman ovulates within 2-3 weeks after stopping the pills). So, if no real menstrual period occurs about 5 weeks after this withdrawal bleeding, can do a preg. Test. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a period and breakthrough bleeding in pregnancy?

What is the difference between a period and breakthrough bleeding in pregnancy?

Bleeding: When you menstruate the flow is from your lining of your uterus or endometrium. When you are pregnant, the most common area to bleed from is your cervix. It has to do with enlarging cervical veins. ...Read more

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Can breakthrough bleeding mean im pregnant even if I got my period?

Can breakthrough bleeding mean im pregnant even if I got my period?

Pregnancy test: Why not just take a home pregnancy test and find out? Usually we suspect pregnancy when you miss your period not have them more. ...Read more

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After my period is 1 week late, breakthrough bleeding started and continued for 2 weeks. Can I be pregnant?

After my period is 1 week late, breakthrough bleeding started and continued for 2 weeks. Can I be pregnant?

V ery unlikely: There is no reason to wonder whether or not you are pregnant. You can simply buy an over the counter pregnancy test and in minutes you will have your anwer. ...Read more

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Can you get pregnant w brrakthrough bleeding??? I have breakthrough bleeding. The first week after my period is my only week I don't bleed. After that

Can you get pregnant w brrakthrough bleeding??? I have breakthrough bleeding. The first week after my period is my only week I don't bleed. After that

Yes: Normally if you have 28 day cycles or any length cycles
you are always fertile 20 days for 6 days from the next expected period so, sometimes you are more fertile during the spotting ...Read more

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Miss 3 bc pills had breakthrough bleeding had period for maybe 1-2 days is this a sign of pregnancy?

Miss 3 bc pills had breakthrough bleeding had period for maybe 1-2 days is this a sign of pregnancy?

Maybe not, but...: It can be hard to tell if a woman is pregnant because some of the symptoms seen in early pregnancy can also happen in non-pregnant women. A urine pregnancy test gives a reliable result if done correctly. One can test about 3 weeks after sex (3 weeks after when conception might have occurred). ...Read more

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Been on cerelle for over a year, with no periods, just breakthrough bleeding. Due to the no periods, am I ovulating and is my chance of pregnancy low?

Been on cerelle for over a year, with no periods, just breakthrough bleeding. Due to the no periods, am I ovulating and is my chance of pregnancy low?

Correct: Cerelle is effective in inhibiting sperm transport but unlike other progesterone only pills, can also inhibit ovulation. Therefore it is highly effective in preventing pregnancy. It is likely that you are not ovulating. ...Read more

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Haven't confirmed pregnancy yet but period 2 months late. Just started what appears to be period. Is it breakthrough bleeding? Period? Or miscarriage?

Haven't confirmed pregnancy yet but period 2 months late. Just started what appears to be period. Is it breakthrough bleeding? Period? Or miscarriage?

Irregular bleeding: 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. Infections, hormonal changes, polyps and fibroids can cause spotting. If there is a concern for pregnancy then do a home pregnancy test. There are many options available to help regulate the menstrual cycle. ...Read more

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My period came 1 week late and it started like spotting on and off, some times breakthrough bleeding for 15 days. Is it a normal period or am pregnant?

My period came 1 week late and it started like spotting on and off, some times breakthrough bleeding for 15 days. Is it a normal period or am pregnant?

Check a test: If you are concerned you may be pregnant then check a home pregnancy test. It seems highly unlikely since you are having more frequent periods instead of a lack of periods. There are many birth control options which will help control your menstrual cycle and decrease menstrual irregularity. ...Read more

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Does breakthrough bleeding mean you're not pregnant and periods coming spotting started day afte unprotected sex and was 12 days after starting pill.

Does breakthrough bleeding mean you're not pregnant and periods coming spotting started day afte unprotected sex and was 12 days after starting pill.

Breakthrough bleedin: If you missed one or two pills you are going to have breakthrough bleeding. If you missed a pill or two you might get pregnant and see at the same time btb. If concerned do a pregnancy test. ...Read more

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I read it cud take 6 months for breakthrough bleeding to stop while on ocps. If I don't need pregnancy protection, is it better to try to treat my prolonged periods naturally w/ exercise & diet insted?

I read it cud take 6 months for breakthrough bleeding to stop while on ocps. If I don't need pregnancy protection, is it better to try to treat my prolonged periods naturally w/ exercise & diet insted?

Prolonged periods: Should be treated according to cause. Presuming that homonal imbalance is a cause, and that you are not interested in birth control, using Progesterone 100 mg. Orally day 15 to 24 of cycle for 3 mo usually will take care of it. Progesterone is natural like hormone derived from plats. ...Read more

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Had sex about a week after my period. Missed bc for 2 days did not double up...got cum inside had breakthrough bleeding could I be pregnant?

Had sex about a week after my period. Missed bc for 2 days did not double up...got cum inside had breakthrough bleeding could I be pregnant?

Sure, if missed pill: A urine pregnancy test, done correctly, gives a reliable result 3 weeks after sex (3 weeks after when conception might have occurred), or 1 week after missing a "period". If done sooner, a positive result is likely real, but a negative result may be due to testing too soon, and thus lead to a repeat test. If one gets her normal regular "periods", then she is not pregnant, and a test is not needed. ...Read more

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Am I pregnant? I had protected sex and on the Nuva Ring. Skipped my period twice before now by continuously on it. Breakthrough bleeding for 2 wks.

Am I pregnant? I had protected sex and on the Nuva Ring. Skipped my period twice before now by continuously on it. Breakthrough bleeding for 2 wks.

DoYouBelieve InMagic: Are you pregnant......OK....I will consult the Magic Eight Ball..........hmmm....ohhh........aha!!! It says"My sources say to tell her to get a urine pregnancy test" I'll ask it another. And what about the bleeding? ........Ah....... OK....it says "Bleeding longer than two weeks, more than 8 pads a day and/or pregnant means doc time." I guess that means to see him if it gets worse or you have pain ...Read more

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If I am on the pill & had breakthrough bleeding, is it likely that I may be pregnant if I don't get my period during the sugar pills?

If I am on the pill & had breakthrough bleeding, is it likely that I may be pregnant if I don't get my period during the sugar pills?

Not very likely: When a woman is on bcp and has break through bleeding, sometimes she won't bleed when she's on the sugar pills. Often break through bleeding can be caused by taking the pills late or missing one or two. The first time this happens - not bleeding on the sugar pills - I recommend a woman check a pregnancy test just to make sure. ...Read more

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Girlfriend missed her period on lo loestrin fe 3rd month and and had breakthrough bleeding 2 weeks earlier for about 8 days. Pregnancy possible?

Girlfriend missed her period on lo loestrin fe 3rd month and and had breakthrough bleeding 2 weeks earlier for about 8 days. Pregnancy possible?

Breakthrough bleed: Breakthrough bleeding (bleeding at the wrong time) is very common on birth control. It happens in about 1/3 of users. Its no big deal and usually self corrects over time. If you are not satisfied or it continues to happen then consider using a different birth control method. It is a common side effect and does not mean something is wrong or that the pill is not working. ...Read more

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Breakthrough bleeding or period, what's the difference?

Breakthrough bleeding or period, what's the difference?

Regularity: The menstrual period is the start of a new cycle and happens on a regular basis, whereas breakthrough bleeding happens at any time during a menstrual cycle after the menstrual period has ended. ...Read more

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Help can breakthrough bleeding mean you're not pregnant?

Help can breakthrough bleeding mean you're not pregnant?

Pregnancy test: Breakthrough bleeding does not mean a woman is not pregnant.
The only reliable indication for the absence of a pregnancy is a negative urine home pregnancy test. ...Read more

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Is breakthrough bleeding and/or bleeding between periods normal?

Is breakthrough bleeding and/or bleeding between periods normal?

Yes: Hormones regulate your menstrual cycle and nearly all women will have some irregularities to their menstrual cycle at some point in their lives. However, breakthrough bleeding can be a sign of hormonal imbalance, a polyp or fibroid, or even pre-cancerous cells in the uterus. I would recommend evaluation by a physician for break through bleeding. ...Read more

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Stopped pill, breakthrough bleeding. Is this a sign of pregnancy?

Stopped pill, breakthrough bleeding. Is this a sign of pregnancy?

It is possible: But it is more likely a sign of hormones not yet cycling normally. It can take several months after stopping the pill for the periods to get back to whatever is normal for you. However check a pregnancy test if you have been having unprotected intercourse. ...Read more

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If you have breakthrough bleeding from missed pills will you still have a period?

If you have breakthrough bleeding from missed pills will you still have a period?

Usually: Most of the time if a woman misses a pill or is late and has break through bleeding she will still get a period at the usual time. I have had patients though who have had break through bleeding and then skipped a period altogether. If the break through bleeding is from missed pills and there's no period check a pregnancy test. With missed pills use back up method of for the rest of the pack. ...Read more

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What's the expert opinion, could the normal period come after breakthrough bleeding?

What's the expert opinion, could the normal period come after breakthrough bleeding?

Usually: When a woman is having break through bleeding on her birth control pill most of the time she will have a normal period at the correct time. However I've had patients who had break through bleeding and then don't get a period at the usual time. I think this is because all the lining of the uterus came out as break through bleeding, so there was nothing left to shed on place saver pills. ...Read more

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I've had no period for 1.5 months and had very quick breakthrough bleeding. What's going on?

I've had no period for 1.5 months and had very quick breakthrough bleeding. What's going on?

Anovulation: Sometimes some women will skip periods and this will throw off their cycle in such a way that they get unpredictable bleeding episodes (breakthrough bleeding). As long as you're not pregnant, then this is less concerning. If it keeps happening, it could be a sign of hormonal dysregulation and I'd invite you for a consult at that point. ...Read more

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Haven't had period in years due to progesterone injection still on it but breakthrough bleeding why?

Haven't had period in years due to progesterone injection still on it but breakthrough bleeding why?

It's pretty common.: Many women will have irregular spotting or breakthrough bleeding while using progestin only methods of contraception. These methods of birth control tend to thin the lining inside the uterus. This can result in spotting. It can usually be treated with a low dose short-term estrogen. Consult with your doctor. ...Read more

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After breakthrough bleeding, will everything turn back to its natural state and will I start my period on my expected day?

After breakthrough bleeding, will everything turn back to its natural state and will I start my period on my expected day?

What OC are you on?: If you are on an oral contraceptive, should have normal period, once your body adjusts to the new hormone you are adding. However, if continues, please consult your physician. May need to change your mode of birth control. ...Read more

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