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How long does breakthrough bleeding caused by antibiotics last? I stopped antibiotics on feb 11 and have been bleeding since feb 11, so for 11 days

How long does breakthrough bleeding caused by antibiotics last? I stopped antibiotics on feb 11 and have been bleeding since feb 11, so for 11 days

I am very skeptical: That breakthrough is caused by antibiotics. Let's say that would be REALLY low on the list. There are 100 better reasons for breakthrough bleeding, but by definition because it's "breakthrough" there's no rule for how long it last. If it persists into your next menstrual cycle check with your doctor; if not, can likely forget it. Good wishes. ...Read more

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I took antibiotics two weeks ago. Now experiencing breakthrough bleeding which I've never had on this bc pill. Is it from antibiotics? Solution?

I took antibiotics two weeks ago. Now experiencing breakthrough bleeding which I've never had on this bc pill. Is it from antibiotics? Solution?

It is probably: From the antibiotics. They can alter the effectiveness of the pill. See if your symptoms don't resolve in a few days. If not, see your Dr. ...Read more

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I just finished my antibiotics yesterday but I still have breakthrough bleeding. I am going on vacation in two days. How do I stop the break through?

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I just finished my antibiotics yesterday but I still have breakthrough bleeding. I am going on vacation in two days. How do I stop the break through?

Antibiotics?: Antibiotics are not used to treat breakthrough bleeding (btb). If you are taking a combination (estrogen/progestin) pill, you can try taking one pill twice daily for 5 to 7 days. The extra estrogen should stabilize the lining of your uterus. Definitely call your doctor to get his or her input. ...Read more

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I have been on quartette (91 cycle bc pill) for 3 years. I have had breakthrough bleeding for the past 14 days due to antibiotics. How to stop bleed?

Break through bleed: The easiest is to double your pills temporarily. That may or may not work. Be sure to check a pregnancy test to make sure the abnormal bleeding isn't from a pill failure. Normally we don't expect antibiotics to cause break through bleeding. ...Read more

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With every bc pill I have lots of breakthrough bleeding up to 2 weeks before period. This stops when on antibiotics any ideas what could be causing it?

With every bc pill I have lots of breakthrough bleeding up to 2 weeks before period. This stops when on antibiotics any ideas what could be causing it?

Breakthrough bleed: Sounds like breakthrough bleeding which occurs when you have bleeding at unscheduled times while on the pill. Often things get back to normal the next cycle. If not then schedule a visit to discuss changing brands or changing birth control methods. This is very common. Other than being annoying it is not dangerous. Why not try a different birth control method since this keeps happening. ...Read more

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I am having long term antibiotic and also taking contraceptive pills. I have breakthrough bleeding in between the cycle. Should I stop the pill?

I am having long term antibiotic and also taking contraceptive pills. I have breakthrough bleeding in between the cycle. Should I stop the pill?

BCPs: Call and ask your gynecologist whether they would like to examine you or persist with the current therapy, or change. Without examining you it would be very presumptuous to make changes in your management. ...Read more

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Heard antibiotics like doxycycline hyclate can cause breakthrough bleeding while on ocps. Can d.H. Cause breakthrough bleeding while off ocps too?

Not usually: Some antibiotics can lead to accidental pregnancies while using ocps and you need to use back up birth control. If you are taking Doxycycline for cervicitis from chlamydia or pid, the bleeding might be a result of the infection and not directly from the antibiotic. ...Read more

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Can being sick (coughing, sneezing, diarrhea)cause you to get breakthrough bleeding and cramps even if you've taken bc pills perfectly? (no antibiotics)

Can being sick (coughing, sneezing, diarrhea)cause you to get breakthrough bleeding and cramps even if you've taken bc pills perfectly? (no antibiotics)

Not likely: Any illness can alter your metabolism, but the most likely thing you have described would be diarrhea. Diarrhea could result in malabsorption of the pill, (not absorbing it properly) and be kind of like missing a pill.
That's not too likely, but if you would like to be really careful use a backup method of birth control this cycle, better safe than sorry. ...Read more

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Could I be pregnant if I was taking Cipro (ciprofloxacin) (antibiotics) and oral contraceptives? *I didn't miss a pill but experiencing slight breakthrough bleeding.

Could I be pregnant if I was taking Cipro (ciprofloxacin) (antibiotics) and oral contraceptives? *I didn't miss a pill but experiencing slight breakthrough bleeding.

Yes: Yes, oral contraceptives are not 100% effective so yes, you could be pregnant. Taking other meds like antibiotics can also decrease effectiveness of oral antibiotics. ...Read more

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Breakthrough bleeding how to stop it?

Breakthrough bleeding how to stop it?

Depends...: ...on the cause. If you're not on any hormones (like birth control pills), then this is not normal, and you should be examined right away. If you're taking birth control pills, you probably need a higher dose. ...Read more

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Alot of breakthrough bleeding, what to do?

Alot of breakthrough bleeding, what to do?

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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Should sex be avoided while having breakthrough bleeding?

Should sex be avoided while having breakthrough bleeding?

Not necessary: This is more of a personal choice. Medically it is not unhealthy to have intercourse on your menses or with breakthrough bleeding. Many couples will only have intercourse on their menses because then they know they can't get pregnant. But if this is not acceptable to you or your partner just avoid those days. ...Read more

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What is breakthrough bleeding? Taking nortrel currently and am curious

Depends: Breakthrough bleeding is what occurs when a woman on the pill has bleeding when she is taking the active pills and should not bleed. She is said to have "break through" bleeding because the bleeding has broken through the control of the pill. ...Read more

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Does breakthrough bleeding mean I am pregnant?

Does breakthrough bleeding mean I am pregnant?

No it doesn't: Mean that you are pregnant. When in doubt you can take a pregnancy test. ...Read more

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Can I get pregnant while breakthrough bleeding?

Can I get pregnant while breakthrough bleeding?

Yes: There is no time during a woman's cycle during which it is guaranteed that you cannot become pregnant. In other words, an ovulating woman can become pregnant anytime despite bleeding, timing, etc... ...Read more

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Can I get pregnant during a breakthrough bleeding?

Can I get pregnant during a breakthrough bleeding?

You could: Become pregnant if you have sex near time of ovulation. Sometimes there could be a little bleeding with ovulation. ...Read more

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Lower left side back pain and breakthrough bleeding?

Lower left side back pain and breakthrough bleeding?

Get checked: Could be a urinary tract infection or pregnancy. Please see your doctor or to the emergency room immediately. ...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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Cramps and breakthrough bleeding, does one cause the other?

Cramps and breakthrough bleeding, does one cause the other?

Related: Cramps are caused by the uterus squeezing which then expels the blood. Ibuprofen helps a lot of people. ...Read more

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Can breakthrough bleeding happen a week before expected period?

Can breakthrough bleeding happen a week before expected period?

Yes!: Absolutely. There are also other possible causes, but this is not to worry about unless it becomes a pattern. ...Read more

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Can breakthrough bleeding have small amounts of clotting blood?

Not uncommon: Persons on the birth control pill may have breakthrough bleeding. This may occur when someone is just starting the pill or making or changing the type of pill. Call you doctor or the person who prescribed it and let them comment on this bleeding. ...Read more

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What to do about implantation bleeding or breakthrough bleeding?

What to do about implantation bleeding or breakthrough bleeding?

What is timing?: Implantation is when the conceptus (from union of egg & sperm) attach to the wall of the uterus.
Bleeding most often dose not occur with implantation. If there is bleeding the amount is small. It may be small rust or brown colored drops or light pink swirled in white d/C. It usually occurs about ten days after ovulation. There is more blood w period. Take a HPT if you miss your period. ...Read more

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Following breakthrough bleeding, should I expect period as usual?

Yes: Assuming you are taking birth control pills and that;s what you're referring to. Keep taking pills. ...Read more

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Can taking extra doses of birth cobtrol stop breakthrough bleeding?

Can taking extra doses of birth cobtrol stop breakthrough bleeding?

Briefly: Breakthrough bleeding is often an indicator of a hormonal issue. Taking "extra" birth control pills" increases both Progesterone and estrogen, which is not the optimal way to treat this. The better option is th change to a more appropriate pill, usually meaning not a "lo dose" pill or a "triphasic" pill. ...Read more

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Can we take two BC pills in a day to prevent breakthrough bleeding??

Can we take two BC pills in a day to prevent breakthrough bleeding??

Breakthrough bleed: Breakthrough bleeding (bleeding at the wrong time) is very common on birth control. It happens in about 1/3 of users. It 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 & does not mean something is wrong or that the pill is not working. Doubling up sometimes works. ...Read more

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Might you get pregnant while missing pills and breakthrough bleeding?

Might you get pregnant while missing pills and breakthrough bleeding?

Yes: If birth control pills are missed, pregnancy protection is not available. Break through bleeding is usually from the drop in hormones when birth control pills are missed. ...Read more

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