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Heavy breakthrough bleeding & bad cramps. My period comes in 3wks and my pill cycle is 12wks. I took acyclovir could this be why it's happening?

Heavy breakthrough bleeding & bad cramps. My period comes in 3wks and my pill cycle is 12wks. I took acyclovir could this be why it's happening?

Possible: antibiotics and antivirals can affect the way birth control pills are absorbed. anyone taking an extended pill pack also has a higher chance of breakthrough bleeding and spotting. ...Read more

Breakthrough Bleeding (Definition)

Breakthrough bleeding = vaginal bleeding ...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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I just got back on bc and this breakthrough bleeding sucks and the cramps are a beast what can i do to stop it soon ?

I just got back on bc and this breakthrough bleeding sucks and the cramps are a beast what can i do to stop it soon ?

Wait or change...: Since you started BC just recently it might take a few weeks for your body to get adjusted to the hormonal changes. The other option is changing birth control hormones and see if it gets better. For that you have to see your GYN provider to discuss your options. ...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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How long is breakthrough bleeding last? Had it a couple weeks apart first time 2days second 4 days and today super light but continuous w/ dull cramps

How long is breakthrough bleeding last? Had it a couple weeks apart first time 2days second 4 days and today super light but continuous w/ dull cramps

Bummer: Breakthrough bleeding can last a long time, unfortunately. Typically due to an imbalance between estrogen and Progesterone in your cycle. If it bothers you, best is to consider birth control pills to help regulate cycle. Some women, unfortunately, can experiencing bleeding every day of their cycle (severe breakthrough bleeding), so it runs the spectrum from a few days to 20 or more days. ...Read more

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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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Had breakthrough bleeding for 3 days and now i'm curled up in a ball from cramps. 10 from my last period, 16 days until next one, what's happening?

Had breakthrough bleeding for 3 days and now i'm curled up in a ball from cramps. 10 from my last period, 16 days until next one, what's happening?

mult possibilities: There could be multiple causes for what is going on. One of these could be pregnancy, either ectopic or regular. But if it still continuing and you are having that much pain you should be seen by a doctor soon. I would even recommend going to the emergency room if you cannot be seen by your regular gynecologist today. ...Read more

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What does it mean if you are having cramps and breakthrough bleeding while on oral contraceptives?

What does it mean if you are having cramps and breakthrough bleeding while on oral contraceptives?

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 took Plan B, & 5 days later I'm pretty sure I had "breakthrough bleeding". It lasted one day, & I had bad cramps. Should I get a pregnancy test?

I took Plan B, & 5 days later I'm pretty sure I had "breakthrough bleeding". It lasted one day, & I had bad cramps. Should I get a pregnancy test?

Of course, but later: Plan B can alter the menstrual bleeding for the cycle in which Plan B was taken, and sometimes the next cycle too. One should be sure to check a home pregnancy test about 3 weeks after sex, because Plan B works most of the time, but not all the time. ...Read more

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I have been in the pill for 3 weeks had sex once unprotected now have had breakthrough bleeding started out brown now red and cramps is thS normal?

I have been in the pill for 3 weeks had sex once unprotected now have had breakthrough bleeding started out brown now red and cramps is thS normal?

No: You may have UTI or pelvic infection going on.OC'sespecially when you start could cause some spotting.Keep taking the pills and see your provider for the other complaints. ...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 had breakthrough bleeding after missing a pill 2 weeks ago. Now I should be on my period but i've only had cramps and a headache, but no blood. Why?

I had breakthrough bleeding after missing a pill 2 weeks ago. Now I should be on my period but i've only had cramps and a headache, but no blood. Why?

Probably normal: Even missing one birth control pill may disrupt the delicate hormone balance that leads to normal cycles in women. This will usually clear by the next cycle or two, especially if birth control pills are resumed. Menstrual bleeding on birth control pills is drug induced and no period usually means there is no uterine lining tissue to discharge. This is a benefit to some women using bcp. ...Read more

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Been on the pill for over a year. Sexually active. Cramps and light break through bleeding. Could I be pregnant?

Been on the pill for over a year. Sexually active. Cramps and light break through bleeding. Could I be pregnant?

Maybe but unlikely: If the pill is taken consistently every day, and no other meds are interfering, the chance of pregnancy is less than 5%. But it does happen. The only way to know for sure is to take a pregnancy test. They are easy to get, not very expensive, and quite accurate. ...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?

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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