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I am on birth control pill. I had breakthrough bleeding midway through the month (fairly heavy, lasted 2 days) and now no period. I am sexually active, but we use condoms along with the pills. Is this normal to miss a period after breakthrough bleeding?

I am on birth control pill. I had breakthrough bleeding midway through the month (fairly heavy, lasted 2 days) and now no period. I am sexually active, but we use condoms along with the pills. Is this normal to miss a period after breakthrough bleeding?

Hormone dependent: Depending on where you are hormonally a period can be missed. To be sure you are not pregnant, get an over the counter early pick up testing kit. Be sure you always take your birth control pill daily and on time. You are being responsible about protected sex. Good job!

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What's the expert opinion, could the normal period come after breakthrough bleeding?

What's the expert opinion, could the normal period come after breakthrough bleeding?

Usually: When a woman is having break through bleeding on her birth control pill most of the time she will have a normal period at the correct time. However I've had patients who had break through bleeding and then don't get a period at the usual time. I think this is because all the lining of the uterus came out as break through bleeding, so there was nothing left to shed on place saver pills.

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Can you have a period right after breakthrough bleeding? And is it bad to stop taking your birth control pills all together on your second activ week

Can you have a period right after breakthrough bleeding? And is it bad to stop taking your birth control pills all together on your second activ week

Yes/yes: It would be common to have a period after breakthrough bleeding and if this happens often a change in birth control pills might be indicated to get something stronger. If you don't take them during your second active week you are likely to get pregnant. However, it you are trying to get pregnant it is best to stop them during your period.

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On bc 4 months. Had unprotected sex 6 days after period, & brown breakthrough bleeding for the 1st time on this pill 5 days after. Should I be worried?

On bc 4 months. Had unprotected sex 6 days after period, & brown breakthrough bleeding for the 1st time on this pill 5 days after. Should I be worried?

Not likely: If you haven't missed any pills then the likelihood of you being pregnant is very low. It can be normal to have some breakthrough bleeding, even on the birth control pill. Chance of pregnancy using birth control perfectly over course of year is around 4-6%, so pretty low. But not zero. Good luck!

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Breakthrough bleeding or period, what's the difference?

Breakthrough bleeding or period, what's the difference?

Regularity: The menstrual period is the start of a new cycle and happens on a regular basis, whereas breakthrough bleeding happens at any time during a menstrual cycle after the menstrual period has ended.

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Can breakthrough bleeding happen a week before expected period?

Can breakthrough bleeding happen a week before expected period?

Yes!: Absolutely. There are also other possible causes, but this is not to worry about unless it becomes a pattern.

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Following breakthrough bleeding, should I expect period as usual?

Following breakthrough bleeding, should I expect period as usual?

Yes: Assuming you are taking birth control pills and that;s what you're referring to. Keep taking pills.

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Can you tell me how I can stop possible breakthrough bleeding after skipping a period?

Medications: Given your age, you are likely to experience irregular bleeding as you approach menopause. See your GYN doc for help on this matter. They can prescribe medications to regular your period. Regards Dr M

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Could breakthrough bleedIng go all the way into your actual period? So like bleeding for both those days and your actual period? Making it seem longer

Could breakthrough bleedIng go all the way into your actual period? So like bleeding for both those days and your actual period? Making it seem longer

Sure: Breakthrough bleeding is when someone bleeds at the wrong time while on birth control. Since the bleeding is unpredictable it can occur at any time. It usually resolves on its own and does not mean something is wrong with the birth control

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I started taking luterabirth control this month. I still have 4active pillsbut started breakthrough bleeding. Should I still expect a period next week?

Yes: Very common to have breakthrough bleeding the first 3 months on any birth control pill. Keep taking the pill, bleeding will likely resolve. And, yes, you will likely have a period during the placebo pills.

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Does breakthrough bleeding cause period symptoms?

Does breakthrough bleeding cause period symptoms?

Sometimes, yes: It depends on the cause of breakthrough bleeding. You should probably see a gynecologist and get some testing of hormones. First, get a pregnancy test though. Good luck!

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Could I be experiencing breakthrough bleeding 2 days late for period?

Possible: Breakthrough bleeding occurs when the there is bleeding in addition to the usual cyclic bleeding. If you are bleeding because you did not cycle, then it is more a dysfunctional bleeding.

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How can I prevent possible breakthrough bleeding after skipping a period?

How can I prevent possible breakthrough bleeding after skipping a period?

Sure: Speak to your doctor or get a virtual consult for a higher dose monophasic birth control pill for the first few months.

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Could breakthrough bleeding for a week cause period to not come (on BC)? bleeding lasted for a week and ended last week, period should be this week.

Could breakthrough bleeding for a week cause period to not come (on BC)? bleeding lasted for a week and ended last week, period should be this week.

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.

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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.

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I'm on Nuvaring for almost a year. This month, on the 3rd week I had a breakthrough bleeding. Now, im on the week off and no sign of period. Is it normal?

I'm on Nuvaring for almost a year. This month, on the 3rd week I had a breakthrough bleeding. Now, im on the week off and no sign of period. Is it 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 Nuvaring is not working.

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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.

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I've had no period for 1.5 months and had very quick breakthrough bleeding. What's going on?

I've had no period for 1.5 months and had very quick breakthrough bleeding. What's going on?

Anovulation: Sometimes some women will skip periods and this will throw off their cycle in such a way that they get unpredictable bleeding episodes (breakthrough bleeding). As long as you're not pregnant, then this is less concerning. If it keeps happening, it could be a sign of hormonal dysregulation and I'd invite you for a consult at that point.

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