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Should I continue to take my ortho tri cyclen.? For STD related bleeding. I've been bleeding since january 23rd and all my doctor did was give me birth control pills. The bleeding has not subsided yet. Should I continue.? I really do think I have a std..

Should I continue to take my ortho tri cyclen.? For STD related bleeding. I've been bleeding since january 23rd and all my doctor did was give me birth control pills. The bleeding has not subsided yet. Should I continue.? I really do think I have a std..

Bleeding: Bleeding for so long is not normal. Is it spotting or like a normal period? You should return to your doctor for a new pill called provera (medroxyprogesterone). This will stop the bleeding. After that a work up can be done to determine a cause. You will need a pap smear and possibly an endometrial biopsy (test of your uterus). If you are at risk of having an std you must be tested at once. A pregnancy test is a good idea as well.
Good luck. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Gabor
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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 missed five birth control pills and started bleeding, can I stop the bleeding by taking the missed pills now, or is there any other way to stop it?

I missed five birth control pills and started bleeding, can I stop the bleeding by taking the missed pills now, or is there any other way to stop it?

Restart pill cycle: Hi. Restart the pill cycle when it's convenient for you to. If you start a new BCP cycle now during the period, you're protected from pregnancy. If you don't, and postpone going back on BCPs, you should use another means of birth control until a couple of weeks after starting back on BCPs. Using combination birth control pills, a period is expected if you miss 5 days of them. ...Read more

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While on depo, can taking birth control pills stop prolonged bleeding?

While on depo, can taking birth control pills stop prolonged bleeding?

Yes: Bleeding on Depo Provera (medroxyprogesterone) is usually from your uterine lining being thin. The estrogen in the birth control pills can help stabilize the the lining and regulate the bleeding. ...Read more

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How soon after restarting active microgestin birth control pills will withdrawal bleeding end?

How soon after restarting active microgestin birth control pills will withdrawal bleeding end?

About 3 days: Withdrawal bleeds are caused by the destabilization of the lining of the uterus when it is no longer exposed to the progesterone component of your birth control pill. Restarting birth control pills after you have started bleeding can shorten your period but will not stop it instantly because the process has already started I would expect about three days. ...Read more

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Gf thought she was pregnant. She stopped birth control pills. Now she's bleeding and cramping 3 days later. Could she be pregnant?

Gf thought she was pregnant. She stopped birth control pills. Now she's bleeding and cramping 3 days later. Could she be pregnant?

Very unlikely: It is very unlikely that she is pregnant but the best way to know is to test. The easiest test is urine test for HCG. If it is - test again in a week and if it is still - that is it. You are fine. ...Read more

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I have read that women on birth control pills have withdrawl bleeding, if a woman takes a morning after pill, can she experience the same bleeding? Also how many days after she takes the pill does she bleed?

I have read that women on birth control pills have withdrawl bleeding, if a woman takes a morning after pill, can she experience the same bleeding? Also how many days after she takes the pill does she bleed?

Plan B: The morning after pill may cause irregular spotting and bleeding but it may also have an impact on your next period. Although most women still have their period on time, you may have it several days later or earlier than usual. ...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

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I missed 5 birth control pills. I am now bleeding. How or when do I start the pills again?

I missed 5 birth control pills. I am now bleeding. How or when do I start the pills again?

Depends: This depends upon when you stopped the pills in the pill pack. It is expected that when you stopped the pills that you would get some withdrawal bleeding. If a patient were to ask me this question, I would state:
1. Restart a new pack on the sunday following the start of the bleeding
2. Expect some unusual breakthrough bleeding over the next month
3. Use condoms for the next pill pack. ...Read more

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On birth control pills and have slight bleeding after sex right after and then next day but very light and not consistent. Is this normal?

On birth control pills and have slight bleeding after sex right after and then next day but very light and not consistent. Is this normal?

Post-coital bleeding: You could have an infection or some type of cervical or vaginal irritation or a cervical polyp. Is your pap smear up to date? If this continues you should see your gynecologist for an exam. ...Read more

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I took emergency contraceptive two weeks in a row now I've been bleeding for almost 2 weeks. Can I take birth control pills to stop the bleeding?

I took emergency contraceptive two weeks in a row now I've been bleeding for almost 2 weeks. Can I take birth control pills to stop the bleeding?

You can but...: You can utilize the oral contraceptive, but Plan B was a hormonal product as well which is why you are having withdrawal bleeding. Consider "riding this bleeding out" and allow the body to reset on its' own. By the way, use a alternative non hormonal contraceptive until this period passes next month. ...Read more

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If you miss birth control pills during your withdrawl bleeding can you get pregnant?

No: Generally a birth control pack contains 21 days of hormones and 7 days of non-hormone pills. The 7 non-hormone pills are just there to keep you in the habit of taking a pill every day. ...Read more

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I have had my period for 3 straight months. What do I do? I started taking Depo-Provera in january and ever since I've had my period every single day. Then my school nurse gave me the birth control pills to stop the bleeding and im on my second trimester

I have had my period for 3 straight months. What do I do? I started taking Depo-Provera in january and ever since I've had my period every single day. Then my school nurse gave me the birth control pills to stop the bleeding and im on my second trimester

That: That is abnormal to have that much bleeding especially when you are on those medications. As you have had your period for three straight months, please see a family practice or gynecology doctor to have an evaluation. You may need to get your blood level checked. They may need to adjust your medication. If you have pain, light-headedness, or fainting, then you would need to be seen as an emergency. ...Read more

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First cycle on birth control pill; having breakthrough bleeding that's lasted a week. Is something wrong? Should I switch pills?

First cycle on birth control pill; having breakthrough bleeding that's lasted a week. Is something wrong? Should I switch pills?

Patience: It is best to wait for a few months. Very common to have break through bleeding the first few months on the pill. Make sure you started the pill on the appropriate day of the cycle. ...Read more

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Does taking an antibiotic while on birth control pill cause abnormal bleeding?

Does taking an antibiotic while on birth control pill cause abnormal bleeding?

Should not: It should not but being sick can often cause menstrual cycle disruption. If this is a one time event then it should correct itself. If this is a recurring problem you will need to discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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Should I take the 7 day placebo birth control pills if I have been bleeding for 3 weeks?

Should I take the 7 day placebo birth control pills if I have been bleeding for 3 weeks?

No.: I would contact your doctor. You may need more estrogen to stabilize the bleeding. This can be done by taking your estrogen/progestin pill twice daily for 5 to 10 days or switching to a higher dose estrogen pill brand. Good luck. ...Read more

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I started birth control, and waiting exactly One week to have unprotected sex. A week later, I started to bleed while still taking the pills. This bleeding lasted ALL THROUGH the rest of my birth control pills. So I was basically bleeding for two, three w

I started birth control, and waiting exactly One week to have unprotected sex. A week later, I started to bleed while still taking the pills. This bleeding lasted ALL THROUGH the rest of my birth control pills. So I was basically bleeding for two, three w

Bleeding: Is quite common when first starting BC pills. FYI: You are not protected until you have finished 1 complete pack of pills. Go directly into your second pack and consult your GYN. Use pills and condoms. ...Read more

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If I missed a birth control pill and started bleeding is that my period or just spotting?

If I missed a birth control pill and started bleeding is that my period or just spotting?

Depends: If you are on the "mini" 28-day pill (progesterone only), it's just spotting. Most people won't have periods at all but occasional spotting is also common. If you are on the 21 day combo pill (estrogen and progesterone), it depends on which pill you missed. If it's one of the pills around day 21, probably you're about to start your period. Hope this helps ...Read more

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What are names of ultra low dose birth control pills? Will they stop the bleeding from coming off the Depo-Provera shot?

What are names of ultra low dose birth control pills? Will they stop the bleeding from coming off the Depo-Provera shot?

Low dose estrogen: The ultra low dose pills contain very low levels of hormones. I would not recommend them to stop irregular bleeding from Depo-Provera provera (medroxyprogesterone). Please see your physician to make sure the bleeding is not from other causes. ...Read more

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I am now at the 24th day of my birth control pill. I have bleeding and cramps. Is it normal to feel cramps? I have dermoid cysts on both ovaries.

I am now at the 24th day of my birth control pill. I have bleeding and cramps. Is it normal to feel cramps? I have dermoid cysts on both ovaries.

Yes: Break through bleeding Unfortunately can occur as a side effect Of birth control pills especial in the newer very low dose pill. These pills need to be taken at the same time or very close to the same time every day and if a pill is accidentally missed or one is traveling and takes the pill at a different time then break through bleeding which can be associated with uterine cramps occurs. ...Read more

Dr. Jeff Livingston
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Contraception (Definition)

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


Dr. Hamid Sajjadi
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Birth Control (Definition)

Also known as contraception, birth control is a method to prevent pregnancy. Some methods of birth control include a vasectomy, tubal ligation, oral contraceptive pills, vaginal rings, hormone injections, condoms, diaphragms, sponges, ...Read more