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Is it normal to have my period for more than 2 weeks while on birth control?

Is it normal to have my period for more than 2 weeks while on birth control?

Depends: Breakthrough bleeding is very common on birth control pills and generally lasts only one cycle. Other causes of irregular bleeding on the pill include infection, pregnancy, polyps, etc. ...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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Is it normal to have my period for more than 2 weeks while on birth control?

Is it normal to have my period for more than 2 weeks while on birth control?

Breakthrough bleed: Unscheduled bleeding is a common side effect of any birth control method but very common on low dose pills. It usually corrects itself in a few days or over a couple of cycles. If not then you will need to schedule a visit to discuss changing brands or changing methods and make sure nothing else is wrong. Other than being annoying for you it is not harmful. ...Read more

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I got what seems to be my period today but I still have two more days on my active birth control pills. Is this normal? I had sex over a month ago without a condom but I was on the pill and I am consistent with taking it.

I got what seems to be my period today but I still have two more days on my active birth control pills. Is this normal? I had sex over a month ago without a condom but I was on the pill and I am consistent with taking it.

This: This can occur, and is nothing to worry about. In a situation such as this, continue taking the active pills as normal regardless if your period has started or not. There is a very low chance that the bleeding means you are/were pregnant. If you want to be 100% sure you can always take an early prediction pregnancy test. Continue with your pills as usual. If you continue to have irregular bleeding on your pills, you may need a different hormone formulation; your doctor will be able to evaluate your cycle history and prescribe a pill that will be better for you.
Good luck. ...Read more

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I got what seems to be my period today but I still have two more active birth control pills to take. Is that normal? I had sex over a month ago without a condom but I was on the pill and am always consistent with the pill.

I got what seems to be my period today but I still have two more active birth control pills to take. Is that normal? I had sex over a month ago without a condom but I was on the pill and am always consistent with the pill.

That: That can happen if your hormones are out of balance. Restart your pills at the same time. If you are worried then please take a pregnancy test, especially if the bleeding is lighter than normal. Since you are consistent with the pill you probably don't have anything to worry about. If you have any unusual discharge also please be seen. ...Read more

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I got what seems to be my period today but I still have two more active birth control pills to take. Is this normal? I had sex over a month ago without a condom but I was on the pill and I am consistent with taking the pill.

This: This is normal and could have occurred because the pils you are taking are not the right combination of hormones for you. Please take the 2 active pills at the scheduled time. If you do not get a period when you are supposed to next cycle then you can take a pregnancy test. Try not to worry. If the pill is taken correctly then it is over 99% effective.
If this abnormal bleeding pattern persists please see your doctor for a possible change in your birth control pill. ...Read more

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My period has been more abnormal then I'm used to, removed birth control. It's been slimy/mucas and never filled up a pad. It comes and goes. Normal?

My period has been more abnormal then I'm used to, removed birth control. It's been slimy/mucas and never filled up a pad. It comes and goes. Normal?

Irregular periods: 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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I started birth control about two weeks ago and I just had my last period two weeks ago. I have started my period today 2 weeks early is this normal?

I started birth control about two weeks ago and I just had my last period two weeks ago. I have started my period today 2 weeks early is this normal?

Can be normal: Once you start a new form of birth control it can take up to 3 months for your periods to regulate. If your periods do not become regular after 3 months then see your doctor for an evaluation and follow up. ...Read more

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I have been on the birth control nuvaring for about two years. Today I got my period early before taking it out. Is that normal?

I have been on the birth control nuvaring for about two years. Today I got my period early before taking it out. Is that normal?

OK: Occasionally, things may be out of sync or rhythm. Do a pregnancy test if this is a possibility, if negative, stick to your regimen. ...Read more

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This past week I've been at the gym every day I'm on birth control and had my period a two weeks ago now have my period again. Is this normal?

This past week I've been at the gym every day I'm on birth control and had my period a two weeks ago now have my period again. Is this normal?

Break through: Break through bleeding can happen if there is a change in diet or activity. If it doesn't straighten out in the next cycle, then speak with your doctor. ...Read more

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I've been on birth control for 6 months. Never missed a day. Last two months my period has been irregular, comes and goes, and lasts more than a week.

I've been on birth control for 6 months. Never missed a day. Last two months my period has been irregular, comes and goes, and lasts more than a week.

Breakthrough bleed: Oral contraceptives are given on a monthly or an extended cycle. An extended cycle regimen reduces the number of episodes of withdrawal bleeding per year and can completely eliminate these episodes. The hormone-free interval may be 0, 2, 4, or 7 days. Shortening the hormone-free interval may reduce symptoms associated with hormone withdrawal. ...Read more

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I've had my period for more than 10 days now, is this normal? I'm 21, never had a child never been placed on birth control. Just recently my period came back after one whole year of nothing.

I've had my period for more than 10 days now, is this normal? I'm 21, never had a child never been placed on birth control. Just recently my period came back after one whole year of nothing.

Many: Many causes of this are possible. It is still called secondary amenorrhea. You should visit your gyn doctor ; he will examine you and then order some basic blood tests including prolactin, fsh, thyroid panel CBC and blood sugar. If all tests are normal, then you are reassured; if not other work-up will be indicated. Good luck. ...Read more

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Why am I getting my period 2 weeks early? I am not due to have my period until late next week, but have been bleeding off and on for the past week or so. I've been bleeding more heavily than when I normally have my period. I am on birth control and have b

Why am I getting my period 2 weeks early? I am not due to have my period until late next week, but have been bleeding off and on for the past week or so. I've been bleeding more heavily than when I normally have my period. I am on birth control and have b

Menstrual: Menstrual changes, such as what you described in your post, are fairly common in women at any point in their reproductive years. If you missed any pills, or were late taking them, this could also be a possibility. Also consider taking a pregnancy test even though the odds of this are less than 1% if you take your pills as directed.
Other causes of abnormal periods are increased stress/anxiety, extreme weight fluctuations, hormonal imbalances (including thyroid disorders).
If the bleeding persists, or your cycles do not normalize over the next three packs of pills contact your doctor.
Take care. ...Read more

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Is it normal for my period not to have started after taking birth control pills for two days?

Yes: Your period shouldn't start until the end of the pack during the placebo portion. During days 22-28. ...Read more

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I'm on the birth control pill and I had my period a week ago but I started another period two days ago. Is that normal?

I'm on the birth control pill and I had my period a week ago but I started another period two days ago. Is that normal?

OCP: Is this your first pill pack? Did you miss or take any pills later than normal? If so, indeed this could be normal. ...Read more

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I'm on birth control for over a year and got my period two weeks ago and noe have a full blown period and back pain. Is this normal?

I'm on birth control for over a year and got my period two weeks ago and noe have a full blown period and back pain. Is this normal?

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

Dr. Jeff Livingston
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Contraception (Definition)

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Birth Control (Definition)

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