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Spotting After Missing 3 Seasonale Birth Control Pills Is This Normal
Been spotting for 3 weeks after taking amethyst for 5 months (generic lybrel- birth control pills). Is this normal & why's it occurring after months?
"Spotty record": It is not uncommon for oral contraceptives to produce inter-menstrual spotting (aka "breakthrough bleeding"). However, generic pills seem to have a worse "track record for spotting" than the name brand. Although generics aer bio-equivalent to many name brands and prevent pregnancy, their composition varies and therefore the "spottiy record" of performance. ...Read more
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
I've been taking my birth control pills very irregular. I missed at least three days. Can that cause spotting???
Been on birth control pills for about 7 months, and three weeks ago I missed two days. After that I've been taking them every day but still spotting?
Normal: This is mild withdrawal bleeding since you missed 2 days. Just keep taking pills and go right into your next pack after finishing this pack. ...Read more
Spotting and cramping after missing 3 birth control pills this month, never happened before? What could it be?
Spotting: It's from not taking your pills correctly. Increases your chance of pregnancy also so consider taking a pregnancy test ...Read more
I was on the ellese birth control pills I stopped taking them now all I do is have spotting is this normal?
I switched birth control pills this pack. I am on the second week and now am having spotting. Is this normal?
Yes: If you switched to a pill with different hormone dosages you can get some light spotting in the first few cycles. Keep taking the pill at the same time every day and this will usually resolve. If not see your doctor. If you have missed any pills you may need to check a pregnancy test. ...Read more
I missed 2 of my birth control pills & I started spotting. I start taking my pills again like normal and I'm still spotting for a week. Normal?
Is spotting a couple hours after taking birth control pills normal? I am sexually active and we don't always use protection. I'm on my third month of the pill but have never spotted after taking it.
Spotting/breakthrough bleeding is very common, especially within the first three cycles. Also if you do not take the pill around the same time everyday your chances of this spotting increases. If after the third pack you are still spotting you may need a different birth control pill with a different hormonal compostion. Please consult with your doctor to go over your options.
Best of luck. ...Read more
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?
Hi there, I started back on my regular birth control pills (I had been off for 3 months). Five days after starting the pill I began to have spotting. After three days it turned into a heavy flow. The blood was dark, almost brown in color and smelt like "ol
May be normal: It is not uncommon to have break through bleeding on the first package of pills when first starting, restarting, or changing pills or any time you miss pills or take one late. This should be better on the second package and gone by the third. The other consideration with breakthrough bleeding is the possibility of an infection. If this continues, you need to be checked to rule that out. Be well. ...Read more
I take birth control pills and just got done with my period a week ago. I started spotting (brown color) today. Not normal for me. Why is this?
On birth control pills day 1 of period its been 2weeks I have not stop spotting dark/clots of period. Sexual contact in between after 7th day normal?
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
I switched from birth control pills to mirena (levonorgestrel) on may 1st. Took last pill on 2nd. Period on 5th to 11, spotting ever since. Is this normal?
Not likely: Iud's are one of the most effective forms of birth control. Irregular or absent periods are an expected side effect. Failure rates are 1%. Anytime you suspect pregnancy take a home pregnancy test. They are cheap, reliable and available at any pharmacy. If your test is positive you should see your doctor urgently because of the risk of tubal pregnancy (ectopic pregnancy). ...Read more
I got off a week of my birth control pills and ended up skipping the placebo pills. I had a period and now I'm having light spotting. Is this normal?
Normal withdrawal: Skipping the placebo and taking the placebo has the same effect of depriving your body of daily hormones, which will destabilize the uterine lining and cause a period. Start your pills again if you want to avoid pregnancy and avoid unprotected sex for one week. Your symptoms are normal and it is unlikely for you to be pregnant. Hope that helps. ...Read more
I switched birth control pills and I had sex with a condom the 2nd day, I have light brown & red spotting now on 2nd placebo day, is this normal?
Missed 2 birth control pills, had unprotected sex, started my period right after, immediately took a pill. Period in 2 days, but spotting now; normal?
Does the antibiotic azithormycin effect my birth control pills? Is this why I am having spotting?
Contraceptiion is a means of preventing conception (or fertilization). There are hormonal and non hormonal methods of preventing sperm and egg from meeting. Talk to your doctor or clinic about what options are best for you. There are short acting methods (condoms, pills, patch, ring) and long ...Read more
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