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How long until birth control lightens my period?

How long until birth control lightens my period?

2-3 months or sooner: It generally takes about 2-3 months for your body to get used to a hormonal contraceptive. During this time, it is not uncommon to feel bloated, have irregular bleeding, experience increased acne, etc...But these symptoms subside and are much better within 2-3 months. ...Read more

Menstrual Cycle (Definition)

The menstrual cycle begins with the shedding of the uterine lining, resulting in bleeding from the vagina. A few weeks later, one ovary releases an egg and the uterine lining thickens in preparation for a potential pregnancy. Pregnancy can occur at this stage if sperm fertilizes the egg. If the egg is not fertilized, the egg will leave your body and ...Read more


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Period lasting so long on birth control?

Period lasting so long on birth control?

Change: You can try stopping the pill until you restat a normal period
you may just need a different pill. ...Read more

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Longer period than usual after birth control. Is this normal?

Longer period than usual after birth control. Is this normal?

Maybe: Are you asking about birth control pills? Or other methods? It depends on the method, but if you've just started on birth control pills, it's not unusual to have irregular unpredictable bleeding in the first 1-3 months, even if you take your pills perfectly. If you miss pills, irregular bleeding is more common. ...Read more

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Long period on birth control? Is this normal?

Long period on birth control? Is this normal?

If periods are: Lasting longer than 7 days then please let your gynecologist know. ...Read more

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How long do you have your period when you're trying to stop birth control?

How long do you have your period when you're trying to stop birth control?

The pill?: After stopping the pill, generally you will have a period a few days after the hormone pills are done and it should last the same time that other periods on the pill lasted. Usually, the next period off the pill will begin 3 -4 weeks later if your periods are regular off the pill. ...Read more

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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

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Please tell me how long it takes for to get your period after not using birth control?

Please tell me how long it takes for to get your period after not using birth control?

Depends: If your periods were regular prior to using birth control pills, it is likely you will start again within a few weeks after stopping. However if you do not ovulate regularly on your own it may take much longer to have a normal period after stopping pills. ...Read more

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Do you have to have/get a period? Can you take birth control for a long period of time?

Do you have to have/get a period? Can you take birth control for a long period of time?

Yes: It is best to have a period at least 3-4 times a year. That is important for renewing the lining of your uterus and always is related to having good bone density. ...Read more

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Period lasting longer than usual on birth control. Is this one of the normal side effects?

Period lasting longer than usual on birth control. Is this one of the normal side effects?

Just the opposite: Birth control generally is used to shorten and lesson cycles. If you are the opposite I suggest you get checked for other things or change the birth control ...Read more

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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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Does taking birth control over a long period of time lower your subsequent chances of having kids?

Likely Not (unclear): Concern has been raised over this issue, but I am unaware of any study that has definitely shown a decrease in fertility after taking oral contraception. But devices like iuds can cause scarring and in that way can certainly affect fertility. Speak with your gynecologist or primary doctor for further details. ...Read more

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Is it normal for a female to stop having her period for a long time after getting off birth control?

Amenorrhea: Not having a period is related to an inappropriate amount of estrogen and or Progesterone in the body and may be independent of having been on birth control of any kind. Depends on how long on birth control, what kind and for how long you were without a period after. ...Read more

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I am having a prolonged period. Started a new pack of birth control 2 days ago & it still hasn't ended. What can I do to end it?

I am having a prolonged period. Started a new pack of birth control 2 days ago & it still hasn't ended. What can I do to end it?

Keep taking the pill: The worst thing to do now is to stop the pill. Usually the bleeding is light and will stop with continuing the medicine. Protection isusually still good. If the problem persists, then a call to your provider and an exam mayecome necessary. ...Read more

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Why don't I get a period? I haven't had a period since I was 16 and started birth control even though I no longer take birth control.

Why don't I get a period? I haven't had a period since I was 16 and started birth control even though I no longer take birth control.

Many options: 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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Had a birth control chip removed in January I found my cycle is Longer now I have been on Period For a month and a Half why Would this happen?

Had a birth control chip removed in January I found my cycle is Longer now I have been on Period For a month and a Half why Would this happen?

Post BCP long cycles: Hello BettyU257, the BCP works by suppressing your own cycle and tricks the body into thinking you are pregnant and so do not need to ovulate. When you stop the hormones from the chip or depo shot or pill, it takes a while before your body makes enough FSH, and LSH to produced enough cyclical estrogen and progesterone to stabilise your cycle. Thanks ...Read more

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Period for 8 days, is there something wrong? I usually have it for 4 maybe 5days. Never had a period this long before. I'm not on birth control. Thanks

Period for 8 days, is there something wrong? I usually have it for 4 maybe 5days. Never had a period this long before. I'm not on birth control. Thanks

Periods have a mind: Of their own. They are never going to always be the same. I always recommend continuous birth control if you are negative (or treated) for mthfr, factor v leiden, or prothrombin gene mutation, and are not a smoker. You can keep your uterine lining from not growing at all until you are ready to have kids. It saves a lot of money every month on pads and ibuprofen...Ask your doc! ...Read more

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Around how long will I get a real period back after stopping birth control pills?

4 weeks: Birth control pills are out of your system about 7 days after you stop them. One would expect a period about 4 weeks after cessation. If you are sexually active and do not want to be pregnant consider restarting or starting a different birth control method ...Read more

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I recently changed to new birth control and no longer get my period. Is this normal?

I recently changed to new birth control and no longer get my period. Is this normal?

It depends: If you mean birth control pills, if you're taking them consistently without missed pills, pregnancy is unlikely and its possible to miss your period. With other methods of birth control (like the shot or the implant), missed periods or changes in your period are common. ...Read more

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I just started birth control and my period is lasting really long. What does that mean?

Period: It's not unusual to have irregular (spotting/longer periods/shorter periods) in the months after starting birth control. Often, this normalizes, but sometimes it doesn't and the woman needs to switch to a different birth control. ...Read more

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Can someone tell me how long will it take to get my period after stopping birth control?

Can someone tell me how long will it take to get my period after stopping birth control?

IT DEPENDS HOW LONG&: It depends on how long you have been taking the birth control pills and how regular your periods were before starting the bcpills. But it can take anywhere from 4to6weeks in most. But some women it can take 3months to start their period. ...Read more

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How long does it take for birth control pill to stop a long lasting period (so far 16 days heavy)?

How long does it take for birth control pill to stop a long lasting period (so far 16 days heavy)?

7 to 10 days: 7 to 10 days, typically to stop the period. Make sure your pregnancy test is negative prior to starting the birth control pills. Lastly, if your period doesn't stop within 14 days of starting the pill, call your ob/gyn. ...Read more

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If you take birth control why you are on your period then you stop takeing it will you bleed longer?

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If you take birth control why you are on your period then you stop takeing it will you bleed longer?

Extra hormones...: The basic answer is that birth control is extra "female" hormones (types of estrogen and progesterone) that affect the lining of your uterus in different ways in different women...Causing bleeding is some and suppressing bleeding in others. ...Read more

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I am currently having a prolonged period. If I start my new pack of birth control will it end the bleeding?

I am currently having a prolonged period. If I start my new pack of birth control will it end the bleeding?

Yes, it should help: When you restart the next pill pack, it can help in shortening the current menstrual flow. This is a good plan moving forward, but I always encourage women to take a pregnancy test and check with your doctor and see if they would like you seen! ...Read more

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If I just started birth control, is it normal to get a longer lighter period? Also I get brown stringy discharge

If I just started birth control, is it normal to get a longer lighter period? Also I get brown stringy discharge

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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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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Contraception (Definition)

Contraceptiion is a means of preventing conception (or fertilization). There are hormonal and non hormonal methods of preventing sperm and egg from meeting. Talk to your doctor or clinic about what options are best for you. There are short acting methods (condoms, pills, patch, ring) and long ...Read more


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Birth Control (Definition)

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