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Doctor insights on: Withdrawal Symptoms From Birth Control

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What are common birth control withdrawal symptoms?

What are common birth control withdrawal symptoms?

Withdrawal: When coming off birth control the body will attempt to recalibrate itself. This may result in unpleasant side effects that include erratic mood, increases in sensory sensitivity (e.g. Smells and scents), breast tenderness, reduced breast size, inconsistent or heavy menstruation, cramping, acne and some weight loss. Read more

Dr. Jeff Livingston
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Can you tell me about the withdrawal method of birth control?

Can you tell me about the withdrawal method of birth control?

Not efffective: The withdrawl method is when the male pulls his penis out of the vagina before ejaculation occurs. This is a very poor method of birth control. Even prior to ejaculation, the penis releases small amounts of fluid that contain sperm. Read more

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Withdrawal and birth control pill together - effective?

Withdrawal and birth control pill together - effective?

Birth control: Birth-control is highly effective when taken correctly. The withdrawal method is very ineffective. If you are using birth control correctly then adding the withdrawal method is not necessary. If you want extra reassurance use condoms. Read more

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Stopped my birth control had withdrawal bleed and then I have spotted on two occasions. Why does this happen?

Stopped my birth control had withdrawal bleed and then I have spotted on two occasions. Why does this happen?

Can be normal: First make sure that you are not pregnant. This can be normal for the first 2 or 3 cycles until your hormones start to work again. I would see your doctor if your menses do not regulate after 3 months. Read more

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How long does birth control withdrawal bleed last? Mine's come of the 2nd off active pills and is very light. Is it normal?

5-7 days.: Birth control withdrawal bleeds as experienced by taking oral contraceptives would last up until you take the last sugar or placebo pill.
It is quite normal. Read more

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I am taking birth control continuously. I accidentally took a few inactive pills and now I am having withdrawal bleeding. Can I stop it?

Start a new pack: If you are taking oral contraceptive pills continuously and then take inactive pills, you are correct, you will get withdrawal bleeding. You did not mention how many days of inactive pills you have taken. There are 7 days of inactive pills in a 1-month pill pack. The withdrawal bleed usually starts (and ends) during the 7 days of inactive pills. Starting a new pack will stop withdrawal bleed. Read more

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What are signs that your withdrawal period is due within a week on birth control?

What are signs that your withdrawal period is due within a week on birth control?

Menses: Withdrawal period means what it implies. When you stop BCP within a week you will have a menstrual bleeding. Before that you may have cramping and spotting. Hope this helps. Read more

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How much the BMI of 25-27 of my gf can affect the effectiveness of Belara? Should we use more than withdrawal as a backup method for birth control?

How much the BMI of 25-27 of my gf can affect the effectiveness of Belara? Should we use more than withdrawal as a backup method for birth control?

Withdrawal ineffecti: You should know that withdrawal is NOT a backup method at all. Your girlfriend could still get pregnant. Condoms can slip off, have a hole or slip partially off. By themselves don't provide the best of methods of birth control but they do offer protection from STDs. Your girlfriend could use foam or cream spermatocide with you using a condom. This would be more effective. Read more

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I have started what I think is withdrawal bleeding from stopping my birth control (apri) pill how long after will I ovulate?

I have started what I think is withdrawal bleeding from stopping my birth control (apri) pill how long after will I ovulate?

2 weeks: When stopping birth control pills with the last pill in the package, not anytime before, ovulation can be anticipated 2 weeks from stopping the pill. This calculation still comes with a significant margin of error. If pregnancy is desired, pregnancy tests a week apart from the day of the first anticipated period after stopping the pill will catch a pregnancy early. Else, condoms until next period Read more

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So I just stopped taking birth control pills yesterday. I'm on day seven of withdrawal bleeding. The bleeding is very light. Is that worryworth?

So I just stopped taking birth control pills yesterday. I'm on day seven of withdrawal bleeding. The bleeding is very light. Is that worryworth?

What are goals?: You may find your period is less controlled and heavier now that you are not on birth control. If you are not planning to get pregnant at this time you may want to consider going back on them for cycle control. You can track your cycles over the next few months ands if you are satisfied. Read more

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How soon after restarting active microgestin birth control pills will withdrawal bleeding end?

About 3 days: Withdrawal bleeds are caused by the destabilization of the lining of the uterus when it is no longer exposed to the progesterone component of your birth control pill. Restarting birth control pills after you have started bleeding can shorten your period but will not stop it instantly because the process has already started I would expect about three days. Read more

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If your birth control pill fails, can you accidentally ovulate 2 days after your withdrawal bleed ends?

If your birth control pill fails, can you accidentally ovulate 2 days after your withdrawal bleed ends?

Highly unlikely: The pill when taken properly does not "fail" and you do not ovulate when you are on the pill. The hormones prevent ovulation. It is highly unlikely you would ovulate two days after tour withdrawal bleeding. Read more

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3.5 months post partum, breastfeeding and using withdrawal method. Is this an effective method of birth control?

3.5 months post partum, breastfeeding and using withdrawal method. Is this an effective method of birth control?

One of the worst: This is one of the least effective birth control methods with about a 20 % failure rate. If you do not want to be pregnant then schedule a visit to discuss all of the many effective contraction options you can choose from Read more

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What are the side effects when you take 2 birth control pills in a day, by mistake? Does it effect your withdrawal bleeding?

What are the side effects when you take 2 birth control pills in a day, by mistake? Does it effect your withdrawal bleeding?

Probably okay.: If you accidentally take two birth control pills on the same day, you could have some nausea or vomiting - related to the higher dose. It is unlikely that this will start withdrawal bleeding, though you could possibly get your period a day early. While it's best to take medicines exactly as prescribed, this error will probably not get you into trouble. Stay on track and don't MISS any! Good luck. Read more

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I recently stopped the birth control pill, and I have had withdrawal bleeding for 4 days. When can I expect that to stop, and when should I ovulate?

I recently stopped the birth control pill, and I have had withdrawal bleeding for 4 days. When can I expect that to stop, and when should I ovulate?

Hard to predict: A lot of things go in to your body determining when things happen. When you stop treatment, when things go "back to normal" varies depending on things like how long you were on that therapy, your general health, involvement of other medical conditions you may have - the list goes on. You could expect the bleeding to stop in days or weeks. You could ovulate today or months from now. Time will tell. Read more

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I had sex the day I took my first pill of my second pack of birth control pill and I was a week late to take it. Is it safe? But it was withdrawal

Could be pregnant: If you started your second pack of pills a week after you should have, it's possible you were already close to ovulation. And withdrawal is not an adequate method of birth control: some sperm can still be present before withdrawal. If remembering to take your pills is a problem, you might consider another method of birth control. Read more

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