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Is it normal to have breakthrough bleeding 3 months after being on birth control pills? I stop them and start them for 3 days to stop it.

Is it normal to have breakthrough bleeding 3 months after being on birth control pills? I stop them and start them for 3 days to stop it.

Pill side effects: In the first 1-3 months after starting birth control pills, irregular bleeding (termed "breakthrough bleeding" is common. For almost everyone, periods become very regular and predictable after that time. Write down the dates of bleeding, keep taking the pill at the same time daily (missed pills can cause irregular bleeding), and see your doctor if it persists beyond 3 months. ...Read more

Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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Birth Control Pills (Definition)

Also known as oral contraceptives, birth control pills are highly effective oral medications that use hormones to prevent pregnancy. There are two main types of birth control pills: one with estrogen and progestin (also known as the combination pill) and one with just progestin. The two main ways they prevent pregnancy are: 1) The hormones thicken the cervical mucous, which keeps sperm from entering the uterus on their way to the egg; and 2) By maintaining a level of hormone in the blood stream that prevents the ...Read more


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I've been on continuous birth control pills for almost two years. To 'treat' endometriosis. Is it normal to randomly spot/ have breakthrough bleeding?

I've been on continuous birth control pills for almost two years. To 'treat' endometriosis. Is it normal to randomly spot/ have breakthrough bleeding?

Ans: Yes it is. The birth control alters the hormones. The uterine wall still needs to thin. But no ovulation. So you can get a full period or spotty blessing on and off ...Read more

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On my first pack of birth control pills and going on almost 2 weeks of spotting and or breakthrough bleeding, is this normal? Will it stop?

On my first pack of birth control pills and going on almost 2 weeks of spotting and or breakthrough bleeding, is this normal? Will it stop?

Yes: It can sometimes take up to three months for your body to get used to the different hormone levels. Spotting is very common. Take care! ...Read more

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Can you have a period right after breakthrough bleeding? And is it bad to stop taking your birth control pills all together on your second activ week

Can you have a period right after breakthrough bleeding? And is it bad to stop taking your birth control pills all together on your second activ week

Yes/yes: It would be common to have a period after breakthrough bleeding and if this happens often a change in birth control pills might be indicated to get something stronger. If you don't take them during your second active week you are likely to get pregnant. However, it you are trying to get pregnant it is best to stop them during your period. ...Read more

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I missed two active birth control pills and now I am on the placebo pills. My breakthrough bleeding has not come on yet, am I at risk for pregnancy?

I missed two active birth control pills and now I am on the placebo pills. My breakthrough bleeding has not come on yet, am I at risk for pregnancy?

Unfortunately, yes: Even with perfect pill use there's still a tiny risk of pregnancy, but once you start missing them, the risk goes up. The "withdrawal bleeding" that you normally have during the placebo week would be a reassuring sign, but you could take a pregnancy test too. As long as it's been 14 days since your last intercourse, it should be accurate (first morning urine is best). Good luck! ...Read more

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Take birth control pills, but I've had 4 days of breakthrough bleeding, stomach pain and sore brests. But I know I have not missed a pill.

Take birth control pills, but I've had 4 days of breakthrough bleeding, stomach pain and sore brests. But I know I have not missed a pill.

Breakthrough: First check a pregnancy test as even perfect birth control use can lead to a pregnancy (about 3%). If it continues, I would see your GYN to see if the pill is the source of bleeding or something else. ...Read more

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I missed 2 birth control pills friday & saturday. On sunday morning I started breakthrough bleeding, monday had unprotected sex. Can I be pregnant??

I missed 2 birth control pills friday & saturday. On sunday morning I started breakthrough bleeding, monday had unprotected sex. Can I be pregnant??

Probably not: Hi, Thank you for your question.

Probably not but you should do a pregnancy test to be sure.
If you have trouble taking your bcps you should consider other options for birth control.
Hope that helps. Contact me if you have any other questions :-)
Dr. M ...Read more

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What do I do about ongoing breakthrough bleeding from not finishing a pack of birth control pills 2 months ago?

What do I do about ongoing breakthrough bleeding from not finishing a pack of birth control pills 2 months ago?

Consider estrogen.: Breakthrough bleeding is not dangerous but can be very annoying. Typically the bleeding will stop if you take a low dose estrogen for a few weeks. If the bleeding persists then you may consider changing your method of birth control. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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How long could breakthrough bleeding last on birth control pills?

How long could breakthrough bleeding last on birth control pills?

Several months: It is common to have break through bleeding in the first several months of a new birth control pill. When bleeding starts it can last several days to several weeks. If it is still occurring after 3 cycles it may be time to talk to your doctor about other pill formulations. ...Read more

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Can breakthrough bleeding mean birth control pills are not strong enough?

Usually not: Usually breakthrough bleeding means the hormones aren't in balance with the uterus yet, either because it was the first month on the pill, or the person missed pills, or the hormone formulation isn't right for her. ...Read more

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What can be used to treat breakthrough bleeding on birth control pills? And fast?

What can be used to treat breakthrough bleeding on birth control pills? And fast?

Side effects: Most women who take birth control pills have no side effects, but the most common side effect in the first 1-3 months is irregular bleeding that gets better over time. Missed pills can also cause breakthrough bleeding. Cramps usually go along with spotting. Otc meds such as Ibuprofen or Naproxen can help cramps and bleeding. ...Read more

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I have breakthrough bleeding on birth control pills. It's annoying. How can I fix?

I have breakthrough bleeding on birth control pills. It's annoying. How can I fix?

Change pills: I would recommend your taking a pill for 2 1/2 cycles. If you have breakthrough bleeding after that, I would talk to your dr. The pills have the same estrogen in differing amounts and either the same progestin in different amounts or a different progestin. Changing these components should stop your bleeding within 3 cycles. ...Read more

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Experiencing breakthrough bleeding for a week. Light but visible and need pantiliner. Missed a couple of birth control pills before. Should I worry?

Unanswerable: This question is unanswerable. What kind of bcp are you on? Have your periods been regular on this birth control? Were you sexual on the days you missed your pills? If you are in any way potentially pregnant then when you are more than two weeks past the normal expected period you should get tested. ...Read more

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Which ways are there that can get rid of breakthrough bleeding while on birth control pills?

Which ways are there that can get rid of breakthrough bleeding while on birth control pills?

Take pill on time: The commonest cause of of break through bleeding is missing pills or being late on pills. So taking the pills about the same time every day is important. If the person still has btb it might be because the hormones in the pill she is on aren't in the correct balance so trying a different formulation can solve the problem. ...Read more

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Had breakthrough bleeding for a week even though I've been on birth control pills for 1 year. I had unprotected sex 1 week later, am I still protected?

Had breakthrough bleeding for a week even though I've been on birth control pills for 1 year. I had unprotected sex 1 week later, am I still protected?

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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Can soy milk cause breakthrough bleeding while in birth control pills?

Yes, possible: Because large quantities of soy milk can influence estrogen. Moderation is the key. ...Read more

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I used my birth control pills to skip my period 2 months in a row. I've been breakthrough bleeding for a week. Should I just let it start?

I used my birth control pills to skip my period 2 months in a row. I've been breakthrough bleeding for a week. Should I just let it start?

Depends: You can stop your pills and let it start, but since it's the middle of a pack you'll need to use condoms until you get 2 weeks into the next package. Or, you could put up with the breakthrough bleeding but stay on track with your pills and then take the placebo pills at the appropriate time. You may/may not have a normal period then, but you'll be protected if you start your next pack on time. ...Read more

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Are you still protected from pregnancy even though you have breakthrough bleeding 4 days before placebo birth control pills?

Are you still protected from pregnancy even though you have breakthrough bleeding 4 days before placebo birth control pills?

Normally: This can happen for no particular reason and protection is unaffected. If however it occurred because you have been erratic about taking your pills or you have been on other medications, particularly antibiotics, then effectiveness may be reduced. ...Read more

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In on day 9 of my birth control pills and am experiencing either breakthrough bleeding or my period do I continue pills or wait & start a new pack?

In on day 9 of my birth control pills and am experiencing either breakthrough bleeding or my period do I continue pills or wait & start a new pack?

Continue: 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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On birth control pills for 3 yrs, had breakthrough bleeding last week, & on the actual time of menstruation, bleeding stopped on 3rd day. What's wrong?

On birth control pills for 3 yrs, had breakthrough bleeding last week, & on the actual time of menstruation, bleeding stopped on 3rd day. What's wrong?

See below: Please contact your prescribing provider. S/he is the best person to assess what's going on with you at this point. Good luck! ...Read more

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I missed 4 birth control pills but tried to catch up them I had breakthrough bleeding & unprotected sex, what's the possibility of me getting pregnant?

I missed 4 birth control pills but tried to catch up them I had breakthrough bleeding & unprotected sex, what's the possibility of me getting pregnant?

Take a test: If you missed 4 pills and had unprotected sex then pregnancy is certainly possible. Missing pills also triggers irregular menstrual bleeding. Check a pregnancy test 2 weeks after intercourse to confirm that you are not pregnant. Consider an IUD or Nexplanon so you can avoid these scares in the future. ...Read more

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I read that fish oil pills will interact with birth control pills. Can fish oil pills make cryselle weaker & cause breakthrough bleeding or spotting?

I read that fish oil pills will interact with birth control pills. Can fish oil pills make cryselle weaker & cause breakthrough bleeding or spotting?

Fish oil & OCP: There is no scientific documentation of a definite interaction between fish oil and oral contraceptives. The 2 are considered safe taken together. See the link : http://m.Voices. Yahoo. Com/birth-control-pills-fish-oil-there-interactions-10976840.Html. ...Read more

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Why am I having breakthrough bleeding and stomach pain while I'm taking birth control pills. The breakthrough bleeding lasted about 4 days and stopped. I k ow I took a pill a day. Could it be pregnanc?

Why am I having breakthrough bleeding and stomach pain while I'm taking birth control pills. The breakthrough bleeding lasted about 4 days and stopped. I k ow I took a pill a day. Could it be pregnanc?

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. Take a test if concerned ...Read more

Dr. Jeff Livingston
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Contraception (Definition)

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Dr. Edward Kuhnley
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Birth Control (Definition)

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