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Dr. Luis Gonzalez Dr. Gonzalez
Obstetrics & Gynecology
35 years in practice
University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
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Dr. Wayne Ingram Dr. Ingram
Obstetrics & Gynecology
years in practice
Wayne State University School of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Bernard Seif Dr. Seif
Clinical Psychology
36 years in practice
University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
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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.

Dr. Wayne Ingram Dr. Ingram
Obstetrics & Gynecology
years in practice
Wayne State University School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Ronald Krauser Dr. Krauser
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
48 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham Dr. Higginbotham
Obstetrics & Gynecology
26 years in practice
University of Kansas School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Jeff Livingston Dr. Livingston
Obstetrics & Gynecology
18 years in practice
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas
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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.

Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett Dr. Poinsett
Pediatrics
34 years in practice
University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
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A former pupil complains that after she went on the birth control implant after giving birth at 15, she has foul-smelling vaginal bleeding.

A former pupil complains that after she went on the birth control implant after giving birth at 15, she has foul-smelling vaginal bleeding.

Needs followup: Your former pupil needs follow up with doctor to assess foul smelling vaginal bleeding. If she is sexually active she also needs testing for STD/STI.

Dr. John Kirk Dr. Kirk
Obstetrics & Gynecology
23 years in practice
Yale University School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Jeff Livingston Dr. Livingston
Obstetrics & Gynecology
18 years in practice
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas
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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.

Dr. L. Collins Dr. Collins
Gynecology
32 years in practice
Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Jeff Livingston Dr. Livingston
Obstetrics & Gynecology
18 years in practice
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas
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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

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Dr. Mark Trolice Dr. Trolice
Fertility Medicine
27 years in practice
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
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Which treatment is available for abnormal vaginal bleeding after stopping birth control?

Which treatment is available for abnormal vaginal bleeding after stopping birth control?

Evaluation: Once the normal withdrawal bleeding occurs following discontinuation of the birth control pill, subsequent abnormal bleeding is not normal and should be evaluated by your gynecologist.

Dr. Philip Miller Dr. Miller
Family Medicine
43 years in practice
Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine
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I had vaginal bleeding during sex, not on my period nor close to it, I was properly aroused and on oral birth control, what could be the reason?

I had vaginal bleeding during sex, not on my period nor close to it, I was properly aroused and on oral birth control, what could be the reason?

Gyn exam: This could be bleeding from aggressive sexual intercourse- small rips or vaginal tears; however, bleeding after sexaul intercourse deserves further pelvic examination.

Dr. Martin Raff Dr. Raff
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
52 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Susan Arnoult Dr. Arnoult
Family Medicine
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Dr. Bradley Frazee Dr. Frazee
Emergency Medicine
27 years in practice
University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
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My girlfriend has dizzy spells and light vaginal bleeding and brown discharge and she is on birth Control what could this be?

My girlfriend has dizzy spells and light vaginal bleeding and brown discharge and she is on birth Control what could this be?

Pregnancy or STD: birth control does not always work. Start with a home pregnancy test. If negative, a sexually transmitted infection is possible.

Dr. Keith Hansen Dr. Hansen
Fertility Medicine
34 years in practice
Washington University School of Medicine
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Vaginal bleeding 2 months same birth control for 1 year. Could this be a miscarriage. Hurts very bad to go number two also. Obgyn suggested surgery?

Vaginal bleeding 2 months same birth control for 1 year. Could this be a miscarriage. Hurts very bad to go number two also. Obgyn suggested surgery?

Pelvic pain: Vaginal bleeding and abdominal pain can be due to a number of different conditions. Pregnancy, especially an ectopic pregnancy or miscarriage can cause abnormal bleeding or pain. Other cause could be endometriosis, infectioni, as well as other conditions. It is important to see your physicain to be evaluated for this pain and bleeding.

Dr. Susan Arnoult Dr. Arnoult
Family Medicine
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Been having vaginal bleeding for 27 days straight what can be the cause? I'm on birth control, pregnancy test negative, waiting on sonogram results

Hormonal abnormality: The causes of dysfunctional uterine bleeding are either hormonal or structural (like a fibroid). At your age I would strongly suspect a hormonal problem and not a fibroid. The ultrasound will rule out (or in) the structural abnormality. Do you have PCOS? If the ultrasound is normal your doctor will likely run multiple tests to determine what the hormonal problem is.

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Dr. Collin Smikle Dr. Smikle
Obstetrics & Gynecology
32 years in practice
Yale University School of Medicine
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On birth control but have still had abnormal vaginal bleeding for 10 months. Pap clear. Also have bloating, nausea and loss of appetite. What's wrong?

On birth control but have still had abnormal vaginal bleeding for 10 months. Pap clear. Also have bloating, nausea and loss of appetite. What's wrong?

Menstrual cycles: It may be common have irregular cycles on birth control pills if you are very athletic, gain or lose weight, or have an eating disorder. You may also have a polyp on the cervix or inside the uterus that causes the bleeding. I would see your doctor if you notice that it continues to be irregular.

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Abnormal Vaginal Bleeding (Definition)

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