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Can you take birth control while on your period? Will it last longer or shorter

Can you take birth control while on your period? Will it last longer or shorter

Likely shorter: When first starting the birth control pill (bcp), you can start the pill as soon as you start your period and lilely have a shorter period. Most bcp's have 7 inactive pills to allow for a period - some of the newer bcp's have only 4 inactive pills. If you start your new pack of pills after only 3 or 4 days of the inactive pills in your pack, your periods will be shorter. ...Read more

Dr. Jeff Livingston
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I read that birth control makes your period last longer the first month you take it. Is that true?

I read that birth control makes your period last longer the first month you take it. Is that true?

Sometimes.: Some women will have abnormal bleeding during the first several months of starting a birth control pill. This will usually resolve within three months or so. ...Read more

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New to birth control, and my period has lasted twice as long as it normally does. What does that mean? What should I do?

New to birth control, and my period has lasted twice as long as it normally does. What does that mean? What should I do?

Transitional bleed: Unfortunately, many women experience a transitional month or two as the control of menstrual cycles switches over from your own pituitary and ovaries to that of birth control pills. Oftentimes, this is more of an inconvenience than anything and is just a matter of waiting one or two months (cycles), before your periods return to predictable bleeds again. Not to worry. Continue dosing daily! ...Read more

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After the first month of taking my birth control, is it normal for my period to last for a very long time? I began to take my birth control in the beginning of august, during my last period. I chose to not take the last week of pills because I did not wan

After the first month of taking my birth control, is it normal for my period to last for a very long time? I began to take my birth control in the beginning of august, during my last period. I chose to not take the last week of pills because I did not wan

Many possible causes: If you're taking the pills consistently without missing, it's not likely you would get pregnant, but there are many possible causes from infection-- even stds) to pregnancy to fibroids or a polyps keep track of your days of bleeding (write it down), keep taking your pills, and see your doctor. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have breakthrough bleeding after skipping a period on triphasic birth control? How long should it last?

Is it normal to have breakthrough bleeding after skipping a period on triphasic birth control? How long should it last?

Breakthrough bleedin: 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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Is it normal for periods to last longer and be heavier taking birth control pills for the first time for a week, I also have endometriosis?

Is it normal for periods to last longer and be heavier taking birth control pills for the first time for a week, I also have endometriosis?

Long Menses on BCP's: In using bcp's for two to three months in most instances periods become lighter in flow and shorter duration. In your case, the opposite occurred. I suspect that the cause is your endometriosis! most likely the hormones have initially increased the abnormal tissue resulting in increased flow. You can either continue the bcp's several more cycles, or change to luperon to suppress your cycles. ...Read more

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Hi I'm 24 years old and this is my first time ever on birth control. Before taking tri sprintec my periods were normal and lasted no longer than 4-5 d?

Hi I'm 24 years old and this is my first time ever on birth control. Before taking tri sprintec my periods were normal and lasted no longer than 4-5 d?

Tips for OCP: Taking your birth control pills before bed may prevent nausea. Most likely your periods will remain or possibly lessen the number of days and heaviness. Using condoms to prevent sexually transmitted diseases is always important. ...Read more

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Is it normal for my period to last longer than 6 days while on birth control pills?

Is it normal for my period to last longer than 6 days while on birth control pills?

Menses on BCP's: It is unusual to have a menses lasting longer than 6 days on bcp's especially if you've been on the pills for several months. ...Read more

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Finished my last pack of birth control, had my period, then I stopped taking it after my withdraw period. How long until I get a normal period again?

Finished my last pack of birth control, had my period, then I stopped taking it after my withdraw period. How long until I get a normal period again?

About 4 weeks: Also depends on how your cycles were prior to starting the pills, and if any additional variables such as stress, travel, other medications, overweight, underweight, etc are present ...Read more

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Been on birth control for about a week, started after my period ended and now I have reddish brown discharge, is this normal, how long should it last?

Been on birth control for about a week, started after my period ended and now I have reddish brown discharge, is this normal, how long should it last?

Likely normal: It is very common to have spotting during your first couple months on new birth control while your body adjusts to the new hormones. Occasionally, people will spot the whole month of a new pill. This should stop by your 3rd month, and if not, talk with your doctor about a different pill. And get seen now if any pain, discharge, fever, or foul odor. ...Read more

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On average for 28day birth control gildess fe 1/20, which day placebo does period start and how long will it last? Does it ever start on active pills?

On average for 28day birth control gildess fe 1/20, which day placebo does period start and how long will it last? Does it ever start on active pills?

During the last 7: This pills comes with 21 days of hormone pills and 7 days of placebo pills. When the hormone pills stop this drops your hormone levels which triggers the menstrual cycle. Which day is starts varies and is not clinically important. Bleeding on other days is called breakthrough bleeding. It can be annoying but is not harmful and usually resolves on its own. ...Read more

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I have heavy periods that last two or three weeks long. I have taken all types of birth control. Do you think Amethia will help me? If not what?

I have heavy periods that last two or three weeks long. I have taken all types of birth control. Do you think Amethia will help me? If not what?

Mirena (levonorgestrel) IUD: IF you have taken other brands of birth control and this has not helped to lighten your periods then changing to a different brand is also not likely to help. Consider going a different direction. Assuming your exam, sonogram and blood work have been confirmed to be normal by an Obgyn consider trying a Mirena (levonorgestrel) IUD. This is a very effective method of controlling heavy menstrual cycles. ...Read more

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On birth control pill, bf uses condoms and/or pull-out method as well. Last 2 periods were 2 days long, normal but short, no other preg symptoms.

On birth control pill, bf uses condoms and/or pull-out method as well. Last 2 periods were 2 days long, normal but short, no other preg symptoms.

OK: Condoms are effective if used properly, but the pull out method is not. Check Pregnancy tests if you miss your period or are concerned, and consider going on birth control as well as the condoms. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have prolonged periods issue from last 11 months, dr put me on birth control pills but I have severe headche and vomit. Can I stop them anytime? I

I have prolonged periods issue from last 11 months, dr put me on birth control pills but I have severe headche and vomit. Can I stop them anytime? I

Yes but talk to doc: It won't hurt you to stop your birth control pills anytime. However, if you stop in the middle of a pack, you will have an extra period and it may take awhile to get regular again. Its a good idea to see your doctor and switch to a different pill or method. There are hundreds of different pills so it may be possible to find one that agrees with you. Best wishes! ...Read more

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So saturday was my last sugar pill and my last day of my period im on lutera birth control how long after this will I ovulate before it took me 2 week?

So saturday was my last sugar pill and my last day of my period im on lutera birth control how long after this will I ovulate before it took me 2 week?

How long??: Women, even the same one, can be very variable. Best easy way to check is to get an accurate thermometer and a sheet of graph paper and plot a basal body temperature curve. When curve rises one or two degrees Fahrenheit in AM somewhere in middle of month that is when you're ovulating and can get pregnant. Rest of the time is for pleasure. ...Read more

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How long should period bleeding last on the birth control pills? When I start my new pack will my period bleeding stop? It's longer than usual help

How long should period bleeding last on the birth control pills? When I start my new pack will my period bleeding stop? It's longer than usual help

Follow the plan: Since OCPs have a distinct regulation mode to get your body to behave as it should. Some irregular bleeding may occur in the beginning of the OCP in the first few months. So keep the faith and follow the plan. If it doesn't work for you because of your irregularity or whatnot, you will know after 3-4 months. And if you have already waited that long, then visit your GYN or family physician. ...Read more

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