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Break through bleeding on pill. Am I still protected? I haven't missed taking any.

Break through bleeding on pill. Am I still protected? I haven't missed taking any.

YES- protected: Keep taking your pills as directed; however, I suggest contacting your prescribing physician/GYN. ...Read more

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I missed 3 pills, started bleeding later that week which I believe was break through bleeding from missing pills, now I am spotting am I pregnant?

I missed 3 pills, started bleeding later that week which I believe was break through bleeding from missing pills, now I am spotting am I pregnant?

Check preg test: Missing birth control pills will lead to unscheduled bleeding problems and make the pills less effective in preventing pregnancy. Check a pregnancy test. Then see your doctor to discuss other birth control methods like Mirena (levonorgestrel) iud and nexplanon. ...Read more

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Does birthcontrol pill work effectfly as it should if havin break through bleeding? On same pill for year, having sex for while now having break throu

Does birthcontrol pill work effectfly as it should if havin break through bleeding? On same pill for year, having sex for while now having break throu

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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What does it mean if you had break through bleeding on the pill a week ago I've been cramping for 5 days and my periods due this friday? Dull cramping

What does it mean if you had break through bleeding on the pill a week ago I've been cramping for 5 days and my periods due this friday? Dull cramping

Breakthrough bleed: Breakthrough bleeding (bleeding at the wrong time) is very normal 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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I missed a bc pill in the second week had break through bleeding and missed a pill at the end of cycle again can I get preg?

I missed a bc pill in the second week had break through bleeding and missed a pill at the end of cycle again can I get preg?

Highly unlikely: Unusual to have a pill failure when one or two pills are missed. Most risky pills to miss are the day 1, 2, 3 pills form next pack - that would mean no pills for 8-10 days from the last pill - if on a 21 day on/7day off pill. Consider the extended pills ie 24 or 26 day packs if you tend to miss pills - esp. The first few in a new pack. Spotting is common with missed pills - pregnancy unlikely. ...Read more

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Break through bleeding after being on the pill for 5 years. What does this mean?

Break through bleeding after being on the pill for 5 years. What does this mean?

Probably nothing.: Breakthrough bleeding is very common and usually resolves without treatment. If the problem persists it can usually be treated easily. This does not mean that your pill is not working. ...Read more

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Can yeast infection cause break through bleeding while on birth control pill?

Can yeast infection cause break through bleeding while on birth control pill?

Stress bleeding: Many different types of stress including physical and mental stress from infections can cause breakthrough bleeding. Anything that can throw your natural hormone cycles out of alignment can disrupt the naturally occurring cycle that controls bleeding. Also the birth control alone can cause breakthrough bleeding for several different reasons. If you missed doses that could be a cause of breakthrough bleeding. ...Read more

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I haven't been taking my BC pill at the same time everyday, can that cause break through bleeding?

I haven't been taking my BC pill at the same time everyday, can that cause break through bleeding?

Yes: Taking birth control pills at the same time every day is important to maintain effective contraception and to decrease chances of breakthrough bleeding. ...Read more

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Is my pill still effective if I have break through bleeding?

Is my pill still effective if I have break through bleeding?

Yes: As long as you have not missed any pills, but at your age if you do not want kids you should have an in office tubal which is easy to do, I do them my office with my pts awake, and then after that you can have an in office endometrial ablation to get rid of your periods which I also do with my pts awake. If you are on pills you should be on the lowest dose if possible, which is loloestrin. ...Read more

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I've been on the same pill for 3 yrs and for the first time im having break through bleeding. How do I stop this? Is it something to worried about?

I've been on the same pill for 3 yrs and for the first time im having break through bleeding. How do I stop this? Is it something to worried about?

Not normal: It could be caused by a number of different things. Other medications, infections, cervical or uterine growths, or other hormonal changes (such as your thyroid) can all cause this. After being on a pill for a few years, sometimes the lining of the uterus will get too thin. An estrogen supplement for a week may help with this. See your doctor to figure out what the cause is and what to do about it. ...Read more

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I just started bcp this month, last Saturday I had to take my pill about 5 hours earlier than normal and had darker break through bleeding for 4 days after. Can taking my pill earlier be the cause of that?

I just started bcp this month, last Saturday I had to take my pill about 5 hours earlier than normal and had darker break through bleeding for 4 days after. Can taking my pill earlier be the cause of that?

Not likely: A pill only five hours off should not of caused this break through bleeding. Could you of missed more pills or taken a medicine that interfered with the bcp. If bleeding continues see yiur doctor for an exam and medicine change. If break through bleeding then worry bcp may not stop pregnancy so abstain from sex or use more protection. I hope this finds you well. ...Read more

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Which BC pills is effective to stop periods and doesn't cause break through bleeding??

Which BC pills is effective to stop periods and doesn't cause break through bleeding??

No Such Thing: There is no guarantee that a birth control pill will not give rise to breakthrough bleeding. It is your hormone and body profile and metabolism and the interaction with the pill that are variables. Most birth control pills are available world wide. Levora (ethinyl estradiol and levonorgestrel) and Levlen is available in India and will work well to delay your period. Please discuss with your doctor who knows you well. ...Read more

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I've taken seasonique for 4+ years and am suddenly experiencing brown discharge (past 7 days). Is this normal? I occasionally experience mild break through bleeding when I don't take my pill right on time (if I'm a few hours late), but it has never been a

I've taken seasonique for 4+ years and am suddenly experiencing brown discharge (past 7 days). Is this normal? I occasionally experience mild break through bleeding when I don't take my pill right on time (if I'm a few hours late), but it has never been a

It: It is common to have some spotting between periods for the first 3-4 months after you start a birth control pill. You may also have spotting if you miss a pill or take a pill late. If none of these is true for you (since you've been on seasonique 4+ years), and you are just having light spotting, it is unlikely anything dangerous. Some women will spot occasionally while on birth control pills and the reason is largely unknown. If you are having heavy bleeding, you should give your doctor a call. If you have not missed a pill, then there is a 98% chance that you are not pregnant - which are pretty good odds. ...Read more

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What is "break through bleeding" when you are on the pill?

Unexpected bleeding: The pill should give you a very predictable period once a month when you either stop the pill temporarily or are on the last week of your pill pack. Bleeding at any other time is breakthrough bleeding. You are "breaking through" the effect of the pill. ...Read more

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What type of birth contol pills will cause less break-through bleeding during your period?

What type of birth contol pills will cause less break-through bleeding during your period?

Varies: I really believe it is more of an individuals body chemistry response to an individual pill. Monophasic pills tend to cause less breakthrough bleeding, and a 30mcg Estradiol pill may give slightly greater endometrial stabilization to avoid breakthrough bleeding. It's really a matter of trial and error to find a birth control pill that doesn't cause any breakthrough bleeding or other side effects. ...Read more

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Can I switch from the contraceptive pill to the injection? And can I do so without finishing the pack of pills? I have bad break through bleeding.

Can I switch from the contraceptive pill to the injection? And can I do so without finishing the pack of pills? I have bad break through bleeding.

Can switch if u want: 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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I had skipped 7 pill free day and started my 7th pack as to delay the period, nw I have break through bleeding for some days nw when will it stop?

I had skipped 7 pill free day and started my 7th pack as to delay the period, nw I have break through bleeding for some days nw when will it stop?

Unknown: It varies how long a woman can go without getting a period on the pill. Once bleeding starts, it's usually better to stop the pill for about 4 days and let the period come. Once you re-start the pill, the bleeding will usually stop. ...Read more

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I've had break through bleeding for a month. I started taking the pill late May and it stopped my period for a month and a half. How do I stop it??

I've had break through bleeding for a month. I started taking the pill late May and it stopped my period for a month and a half. How do I stop it??

Stop what?: Depending on the type of pill you are taking, frequency of periods varies. Some pills are designed to reduce the frequency to 3-4 times/year. It would be prudent to talk to your doctor who prescribed the pill.
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Help? On the pill same one for about 2yr, had sex for about 10 months. Now suddenly have break through bleeding. What does this mean?! is pill workin?

Help? On the pill same one for about 2yr, had sex for about 10 months. Now suddenly have break through bleeding. What does this mean?! is pill workin?

It is working: Many factors can effect how the pill works. Missing doses, taking it at different times of the day, anti biotics, medications, a different generic brand are a few possibilities. ...Read more