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When should I be concerned about breakthrough bleeding from birth control? It's been starting and stopping for more than a week.

When should I be concerned about breakthrough bleeding from birth control? It's been starting and stopping for more than a week.

No concern: Breakthrough bleeding is common with birth control pills especially in the first few months. If the bleeding is persistent it can be very annoying but their is no real danger. If the problem continues for several months or becomes intolerable then discuss alternative options with your doctor. Hope this helps. ...Read more

Dr. Jeff Livingston
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Can breakthrough bleeding mean birth control pills are not strong enough?

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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Can stress or masturbation cause breakthrough bleeding on birth control?

Can stress or masturbation cause breakthrough bleeding on birth control?

Breakthru bleeding: Lots of situations cause the bleeding, but generally it happens if you take your pills late or missed a pill ...Read more

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I have breakthrough bleeding on birth control pill tri sprintec?

I have breakthrough bleeding on birth control pill tri sprintec?

Possible effect: Breakthru bleeing may occur in low dose BCP, not so much in the full dose BCP. Happens at times in normal too. If rrecurs, gynecologist and check for polyps in endometrium.
May have ultrasound of pelvis. ...Read more

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How do I stop breakthrough bleeding while on birth control?

How do I stop breakthrough bleeding while on birth control?

Depends: It may be an issue of too low a dose of birth control or the timing of initiating them that could be the problem. I would follow up with your doctor to see if this is the case before stopping or changing them. If you have just started birth control there may be some initial breakthrough bleeding as well-usually not a concern. If this persists of course follow up with your doctor. ...Read more

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Is there any way to stop breakthrough bleeding while on birth control?

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 I take otc estrogen pills to stop breakthrough bleeding while on birth control?

Can I take otc estrogen pills to stop breakthrough bleeding while on birth control?

NOT recommended!: No, you may try another cycle on this Pills, but if you break through again switch to a different BCP or choose
another BC method! ...Read more

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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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Is it normal to have really heavy cramps with breakthrough bleeding while using birth control?

Is it normal to have really heavy cramps with breakthrough bleeding while using birth control?

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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Will breakthrough bleeding caused by birth control take the place of, or alter my period?

Will breakthrough bleeding caused by birth control take the place of, or alter my period?

MaYbe: 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. Extending the cycle increases risk of btb. Otc meds such as Ibuprofen or Naproxen can help breakthrough bleeding. After btb, most periods then come on time during placebo pills. ...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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Can soy milk cause breakthrough bleeding while in birth control pills?

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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Can you have breakthrough bleeding without being on birth control?

Can you have breakthrough bleeding without being on birth control?

Irregular periods: Irregular periods are one of the most common problems obgyns treat. If this is one time problem it usually resolves on its own. If this is a recurring problem you should be evaluated. Infections & hormonal changes can cause spotting. If there is a concern for pregnancy then do a home pregnancy test. There are many options available to help regulate the menstrual cycle. Schedule a visit. ...Read more

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What can I do to stop breakthrough bleeding while coming off birth control?

What can I do to stop breakthrough bleeding while coming off birth control?

Wait: If you are coming off birth control pills and having breakthrough bleeding, you may have another problem that is interfering with your cycle. I would wait 2-3 cycles. If continued irregular bleeding, you should seek medical care and evaluation. ...Read more

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Normal to have cramping and somewhat heavy breakthrough bleeding first month of birth control? Cramps aren't debilitating and bleeding isn't extreme.

Normal to have cramping and somewhat heavy breakthrough bleeding first month of birth control? Cramps aren't debilitating and bleeding isn't extreme.

Will be different.: Any medication that alters the hormonal milieu has the potential to affect the cycle as far as flow and other symptoms, especially when first starting. If it persists beyond the first couple of months, you should discuss with the prescribing doctor. ...Read more

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I have breakthrough bleeding from missing a birth control pill. I stopped taking the pill. When do I resume taking it? Should I start a new pack?

Did u call your: Doc who put u on the pills, u should do that 1st before u ask that? Here! In the future if u miss, u need to take 2 pills the next day (u do not have to take them at the same time) and then 1 per day and use backup birth control and u may have some breakthru spotting, now u need to wait until your next period starts and I have my pts start their pill on day 1 of the period. ...Read more

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Will taking extra birth control stop breakthrough bleeding?

Will taking extra birth control stop breakthrough bleeding?

Bleeding.: Yes. Commonly I will recommend that patients double up on their pills to stop breakthrough bleeding. However, you should speak to your doctor about this. ...Read more

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Breakthrough bleeding after 5 months on continuous birth control?

A change is needed: If you are continuing to have breakthrough bleeding on birth control pills, you should see your prescriber. He/she can try to change your pill to another that contains a different amount of hormone. ...Read more

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When experiencing breakthrough bleeding can I stop taking the birth control?

Call your gyn: It is better to go until the end of the pack if it is not heavy and often times your gyn can add some low dose hormones for a short time or switch u to a different pill, it is very common to have some the first 1-2 months and usually it resolves by the 3rd month, u may need a stronger pill if u want to stay on them please discuss with your gyn. ...Read more

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Why can't I take birth control without irregular breakthrough bleeding? Never had it before pill

Irregular Bleeding: This is a common side effect especially when you first start the pill or when you are on a low dose pill. Now I don't know if you have tried several pills or not. If not, you need to work with your doctor to find the right one. If you have, then the pill may not be for you and you may need to use a non-hormonal form of birth control. Either way, discuss it with your doctor. ...Read more

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I did not switch the time I take birth control for daylight savings time and have breakthrough bleeding. Is this normal?

Sometimes: If the delay in taking your pill was more than 24 hours, yes, there may be some spotting. ...Read more

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Been on same birth control for years. Last month 1/2 way thru I had breakthrough bleeding for over a week, now this month it started. What do I do?

Been on same birth control for years. Last month 1/2 way thru I had breakthrough bleeding for over a week, now this month it started. What do I do?

Not "unusual": This is not unusual. ..your gynecologist can help with a change in your pil or you can get a "spare" package and simply take an "extra" pill from time to time when you "breakthru" Hope this helps

Dr Z ...Read more

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Just began taking birth control. I was warned that I might have breakthrough bleeding during the first month. Does this occur to most during 1st month?

Just began taking birth control. I was warned that I might have breakthrough bleeding during the first month. Does this occur to most during 1st month?

First 3 months...: Breakthrough bleeding is an annoying possible side-effect of taking birth-control pills. It is most common in the first 3 months after you start taking a new pill. When you bleed and how much his highly variable between individuals. You should try to stick with a new pill for at least 3 months to see if the bleeding resolves. If it lasts longer than 3 months, you may need a different pill. ...Read more

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Suggestions for birth control to help stop breakthrough bleeding/spotting?

Suggestions for birth control to help stop breakthrough bleeding/spotting?

It depends: The best option 4 stopping breakthrough bleeding (btb) depends on the underlying cause. 4 example, if u use birth control pills & frequently miss doses, u may have btb. In this case, perhaps a patch, an iud or an Implanon would be good options. If your issues w/ abnormal bleeding r related 2 thyroid dysfunction, weight problems, bleeding disorders, etc. This would be addressed differently. C ur md. ...Read more

Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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Breakthrough bleeding = vaginal bleeding ...Read more