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How long does the heavy vaginal bleeding last after you start taking birth control pills?

How long does the heavy vaginal bleeding last after you start taking birth control pills?

Not usual: Heavy bleeding is not typical upon starting the pill. While it is common to have some irregular or break through bleeding or is not typically heavy. Check again with your doctor to assess the uterus for any abnormalities with an ultrasound and your blood tests for clotting problems. Read more

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Birth Control Pills (Definition)

Also known as oral contraceptives, birth control pills are highly effective oral medications that use hormones to prevent pregnancy. There are two main types of birth control pills: one with estrogen and progestin (also known as the combination pill) and one with just progestin. The two main ways they prevent pregnancy are: 1) The hormones thicken the cervical mucous, which keeps sperm from entering the uterus on their way to the egg; and 2) By maintaining a level of hormone in the blood stream that prevents the ...Read more


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26 year-old woman is unable to stop Nordette (ethinyl estradiol and levonorgestrel) birth control pills after 8 yrs of use, due to heavy vaginal bleeding upon Nordette (ethinyl estradiol and levonorgestrel) discontinuation.....?

26 year-old woman is unable to stop Nordette (ethinyl estradiol and levonorgestrel) birth control pills after 8 yrs of use, due to heavy vaginal bleeding upon Nordette (ethinyl estradiol and levonorgestrel) discontinuation.....?

What are goals?: The answer depends on your long term goals. If you do not want more children then an endometrial ablation is a good option. Assuming you do want more children then other options can be considered. Testing for PCOS and hypothyroidism could be done. Since you are missing periods followed by heavy bleeding PCOS seems likely. A sonohystogram should be done to see if a polyp or submucosal fibroid is present. If present then these can be surgically removed as an outpatient. If pregnancy is desired later on but not now a Mirena (levonorgestrel) IUD could be a great option. This often stops bleeding. If you are satisfied with the pill you could just continue Read more

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Can you take extra birth control pills in one day if you have to stop vaginal bleeding?

Can you take extra birth control pills in one day if you have to stop vaginal bleeding?

First know the cause: Oral contraceptives are often used to stop "breakthrough bleeding" by "doubling" the pills for several days. However, if the cause is unknown, please check;with your gyn first. Read more

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I have have a really light vaginal bleeding and I am taking birth control pills. I have a light brown/clearish or white discharge with no odor.

I have have a really light vaginal bleeding and I am taking birth control pills. I have a light brown/clearish or white discharge with no odor.

Cannot diagnose: Without being able to examine you and see the discharge it is not possible to say what this might be. See your gynecologist and be evaluated. Good luck. Read more

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Constant vaginal bleeding for a yr now, sometime clotty, perscribed birth control for it but not working, no pain, a bit over weight, what could it be?

Constant vaginal bleeding for a yr now, sometime clotty, perscribed birth control for it but not working, no pain, a bit over weight, what could it be?

A bit 'fluffy': Obesity can cause menstrual irregularity and prolonged bleeding due to the conversion of androstenedione to estrone from peripheral fat, an active estrogen that feeds messages back to the pituitary gland and the poor lining of the womb (endometrium) gets 'confused' and sheds inappropriately. Check with your md for alternative rx's since the oral contraceptive is not working. Weight loss helps. Read more

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I have had abnormal vaginal bleeding for 13 days straight after having normal 4-5 day cycles while on the birth control pill for 15 years. Concerned.

I have had abnormal vaginal bleeding for 13 days straight after having normal 4-5 day cycles while on the birth control pill for 15 years. Concerned.

Breakthrough bleed: Breakthrough bleeding (bleeding at the wrong time) is very normal 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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I recently started my birth control shot on December 11th. For the last three weeks I have experienced vaginal bleeding. Not a flow. I need advice.

I recently started my birth control shot on December 11th. For the last three weeks I have experienced vaginal bleeding. Not a flow. I need advice.

Unpredictable: The bleeding patterns with depoprovera are unpredictable. You are right that for some in takes the period away. For others it causes irregular bleeding. There is no "normal" for Depo-Provera users. The longer you are on it the higher the chance of no periods. The Mirena (levonorgestrel) iud may be a better option for you if you want to avoid pregnancy and stop having periods. Read more

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Had heavy vaginal bleeding for 5 wks. Was just preg. Miscarriage can't last this long?

Had heavy vaginal bleeding for 5 wks. Was just preg. Miscarriage can't last this long?

Yes it can: You should see your doctor and have an ultrasound exam of the uterus to determine why you are bleeding so. Read more

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Intercourse last night then woke up in middle of the night with heavy vaginal bleeding. Happened years ago few times. In middle of BC pills pack now?

Intercourse last night then woke up in middle of the night with heavy vaginal bleeding. Happened years ago few times. In middle of BC pills pack now?

See GYN: Let the GYN know that on a rare occasion you get heavy bleeding after intercourse. Depending on the angle of penile insertion, the force, the body positions, etc.. intercourse can cause bleeding. You should get a clinical evaluation by a GYN doctor to diagnose why and where the bleeding may be coming from. Best wishes. Read more

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I fell down my stairs 13 days ago and have had vaginal bleeding ever since, is this normal? I'm on birth control too.

I fell down my stairs 13 days ago and have had vaginal bleeding ever since, is this normal? I'm on birth control too.

Bleeding: Needs to be evaluated by your doctor. Please see him/her so you can be checked for internal bleeding. Peace and good health. Read more

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Had some light vaginal bleeding after having sex. On birth control, no sti's, no internal pain. Some light discomfort around bottom of labia minora.

Had some light vaginal bleeding after having sex. On birth control, no sti's, no internal pain. Some light discomfort around bottom of labia minora.

A tear?: Maybe the tissue tore a little? Sometimes you'd be able to see this with a mirror. If it happens again, it would be a good idea to have an exam to see if there is something going on with the cervix. Read more

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Excessive vaginal bleeding after stopping birth control?

Excessive vaginal bleeding after stopping birth control?

May be normal: It is not clear what you mean by excessive vaginal bleeding - but it is quite common for the periods yo be heavier after stopping the pill than what you were experiencing while on the pill. Read more

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Will double dose of birth control stop vaginal bleeding?

Will double dose of birth control stop vaginal bleeding?

Not likely!: Each tablet has a proportion of estrogen to progesterone. By taking a double dose you are still taking the same balance. Finding the cause of bleeding by ultrasound, examination or endometrial sampling is a better strategy. Pregnancy always need to be ruled out. Talk to your caregiver. Read more

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I had heavy vaginal bleeding during sex last night. What should I do?

I had heavy vaginal bleeding during sex last night. What should I do?

Vaginal Bleeding: If the uterine lining was ready to come off, sex can stimulate it to come off early. It can also occur if something was torn, as long as it behaves like a normal period for you, I wouldn't worry. If its excessive, or unusually painful, go see your obgyn. Read more

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How long does irregular bleeding last while taking progestin only birth control pills?

How long does irregular bleeding last while taking progestin only birth control pills?

Should, or does?: It should only last for a month or so - but if it lasts longer, it may be difficult to stop. Some people will have to discontinue certain birth control pills due to irregular or unpredictable bleeding. A sonogram is helpful to look for other structural causes of abnormal bleeding, but progestin only pills do not do as good a job at regulating cycles as do estrogen/progestin birth control pills. 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

Dr. Jeff Livingston
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Contraception (Definition)

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