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Breakthrough bleeding on pill getting heavier after 14 days of bleeding & 16 days being on pill for first time. Will this stop on my pill free wk?

Breakthrough bleeding on pill getting heavier after 14 days of bleeding & 16 days being on pill for first time. Will this stop on my pill free wk?

Probably not: You are having breaktroughbleeding caused by the external hormones you are taking. Ask your doctor to see if he/she would recommend stopping for 5 days now, then restarting a new pill strip or have you take two pills a day for a few days. This may stop the bleeding you are experiencing. Sometimes a different pill will help also. ...Read more

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Had breakthrough bleeding on the pill 4 days before dummy pills. I took all pills correctly. Is backup up bc needed? Or am I still protected?

Had breakthrough bleeding on the pill 4 days before dummy pills. I took all pills correctly. Is backup up bc needed? Or am I still protected?

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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Forgot to take 5 days worth of pills & then doubled up to catch up. Had breakthrough bleeding & then finished pills. Period not here? Start New pack?

Forgot to take 5 days worth of pills & then doubled up to catch up. Had breakthrough bleeding & then finished pills. Period not here? Start New pack?

Do a pregnancy test: If you miss more than 24 hours of pills, then you are not "safe" from pregnancy. So you should do an OTC test first before you start the next pack. If you have been sexually active during that week, than you need to wait at least 10 days after sex to know that you are not pregnant. If that is the case, then start the next pack. You should use a backup method for that cycle. ...Read more

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If you have breakthrough bleeding from missed pills will you still have a period?

If you have breakthrough bleeding from missed pills will you still have a period?

Usually: Most of the time if a woman misses a pill or is late and has break through bleeding she will still get a period at the usual time. I have had patients though who have had break through bleeding and then skipped a period altogether. If the break through bleeding is from missed pills and there's no period check a pregnancy test. With missed pills use back up method of for the rest of the pack. ...Read more

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Causes of breakthrough bleeding on bc pills? I never miss any. Normal for bleeding to last 5 days before the end of the actives pills in a pack?

Causes of breakthrough bleeding on bc pills? I never miss any. Normal for bleeding to last 5 days before the end of the actives pills in a pack?

Breakthru Bleeding: Most birth control pills contain hormones that mimic those produced normally by a woman. By design these hormones and sometimes, placebo pills are packaged to be taken in specific sequential orders to mimic a normal menstrual cycle of a woman ...Read more

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What to do about implantation bleeding or breakthrough bleeding (on the pill)?

What to do about implantation bleeding or breakthrough bleeding (on the pill)?

Bleeding: Implantation is when the conceptus (from union of egg & sperm) attach to the wall of the uterus.
Bleeding most often does 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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Does "breakthrough" bleeding on the pill mean that I need to use an alternative form of birth control this month? First time this has happened!

Does "breakthrough" bleeding on the pill mean that I need to use an alternative form of birth control this month? First time this has happened!

Most likely OK: So long as this is not your first month on the birth control pills and assuming you have been taking them consistently as directed, you should be protected. It is not unusual to have some breakthrough bleeding with pills due to a variety of factors. ...Read more

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Is breakthrough bleeding from the pill usually red or brown? My period just ended then seemed to "restart" with light spotting. I'm new to the pill.

Is breakthrough bleeding from the pill usually red or brown? My period just ended then seemed to "restart" with light spotting. I'm new to the pill.

Old "period" blood: The bleeding from a pill period is hormone withdrawal 'bleeding" and can accumulate in the vagina after the individual thinks the period is over. Subsequently, a day or two later the blood comes out of the vagina. ...Read more

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Can you conceive & get pregnant while having breakthrough bleeding from progesterone pills? I take the pill day of ovulation&10 days after. Not on bc.

Can you conceive & get pregnant while having breakthrough bleeding from progesterone pills? I take the pill day of ovulation&10 days after. Not on bc.

Yes: If you ovulate and you are sexually active, you can conceive. If you are taking a "progesterone only" birth control pill you still have about a 2% to 3% chance of conception. When taking the Progesterone for only 10 days per cycle - there would be no contraceptive benefit at all. ...Read more

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How long does breakthrough bleeding usually last on pill? Having 3 weeks now. Stressed out

How long does breakthrough bleeding usually last on pill? Having 3 weeks now. Stressed out

Varies: Breakthrough bleeding is common but not normal therefore there is no normal time for it to last. It can be frustrating but it usually resolved on its own. It does mean that the birth control is not working ...Read more

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Could you be pregnant and still have breakthrough bleeding if you missed pills?

Could you be pregnant and still have breakthrough bleeding if you missed pills?

Breakthrough bleed: Breakthrough bleeding is common but not normal therefore there is no normal time for it to last. When you skip pills you trigger bleeding. The birth control pills will regulate eventually. Consider another birth control method if remembering to take your pill is hard. If you think you might be pregnant check then check a home pregnancy test. They are cheap, reliable and available at any pharmacy. ...Read more

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If you find out your pregnant while on the pill. Will you still experience breakthrough bleeding from stopping the pill?

If you find out your pregnant while on the pill. Will you still experience breakthrough bleeding from stopping the pill?

Withdrawal bleeding: Not as much since your pregnancy is now providing hormonal support to the lining of the uterus. You may have some spotting from the slight drop in estrogen & Progesterone but not enough to disrupt a normally implanted pregnancy. Take care. ...Read more

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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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I had breakthrough bleeding after a missed pill about a week ago. Now my period has only been about 2 swipes of brown blood. Is this okay?

I had breakthrough bleeding after a missed pill about a week ago. Now my period has only been about 2 swipes of brown blood. Is this okay?

Sexually active?: If you haven't been sexually active, this is not unexpected when the hormone cycle is interrupted. As the next cycle or two of pills goes on, your periods should regulate again. Be sure to abstain from sex or use alternative means of contraception if you miss a pill in the future. ...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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I have had continuous breakthrough bleeding on the Combine pill for 3 weeks and the 7 day break, what could be the issue? (not pregnant or STI)

I have had continuous breakthrough bleeding on the Combine pill for 3 weeks and the 7 day break, what could be the issue? (not pregnant or STI)

Changes in bleeding: This can occur for many reasons from hormonal imbalances, stress, infection, pregnancy, bleeding disorders, medical disorders, growths.....
If you just started this pill it may take 3 month for cycles to regulate. If you have been on this pill then it may be time for a new pill. ...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?

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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What is the difference bet breakthrough bleeding and irregular bleeding. On pill.

What is the difference bet breakthrough bleeding and irregular bleeding. On pill.

Mostly just words: Irregular bleeding (on-or-off) pill is just what you think: any unplanned bleeding of any reason. Breakthrough bleeding is technically bleeding due to "slightly-low" hormone levels, usually estrogen but sometimes progesterone. Most spot tin ton pills is break thru, but if you had, say a polyp, it could cause irregular bleeding that's not breakthrough. ...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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