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December 15, 2008

Birth Control and Bleeding

Are you still bleeding or experiencing spotting while on the pill? If this is the first time you started using birth control pills, it is normal for new users to bleed during the first three months while on the pill. If you continue to bleed while on the pill, speak with your doctor to see if you should come off the pill for a week or a month for withdrawal bleeding. Once you get back on the pill, there should not be anymore bleeding or spotting.

Bleeding or spotting while you are currently using birth control pills is known is breakthrough bleeding. If you are still bleeding or spotting, try switching to a different pill. Let your doctor know that you are still bleeding and he/she will recommend you a higher strength birth control pill. Bleeding or spotting usually indicates that your pills are not as effective as they should be (additional methods of birth control when you are bleeding or spotting are recommended). Spotting is also a symptom of a sexually transmitted disease known as Chlamydia. Contact your doctor if you think you are at risk for an STD.

Can I be pregnant if I missed more than one or two pills a month?

If you have no bleeding in between pills, you may be pregnant and should see your doctor for a pregnancy test (or use a home pregnancy test). If you have a light period, you are most likely not pregnant. Just to be sure, you can take a home pregnancy test for reassurance.

What does it mean if I am bleeding after sex and am on the pill?

If you are bleeding after sex, check with your doctor immediately. Vaginal bleeding after sex can indicate the following:

  • Cervical Dysplasia (precancerous changes of the epithelial cells that line the cervix)
  • Chlamydia (bacterial infection transmitted through sexual activity or contact with semen, vaginal fluid, or blood)
  • Gonorrhea (an STD caused by bacteria. Pharmaceutical treatments available)
  • Vaginitis/Cervicitis (inflammation, swelling, and/or infection of the vagina or cervix)
  • Cervical Polyps (smooth, red or purple, finger-like growths grown from mucus layer of the cervix or the cervical canal)
  • Trichomoniasis (STD caused by protozoan)
  • Vaginal Yeast Infection (overgrowth of the normal fungi in the vaginal area)
  • Endometritis (inflammation of the endometrium)
  • Adenomyosis (when an endometrial tissue attaches itself to the uterus, or another organ, and grows outside of the uterus)
  • Uterine Polyps (overgrowth of the endometrium causing protrusions into the uterus)
  • Fibroid Tumors (a benign tumor)

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212 Comments »

  1. I am currently on the ortho evra patch and when I am off the patch for the week before I start my new pack of patches, my period is crazy. It is heavy all the time. I use the overnight pads and the heavy super tampons and i still have to change within the hour. Is my period supposed to be this heavy all the time?!

    Comment by Anonymous — January 30, 2009 @ 3:25 pm

  2. I have been on microgestin Fe 1/20 for about 7-8 weeks and I have experienced a full blown period that lasted 4 days longer than my normal periods about 2 weeks after I had just finished my previous one. Now I have just started again and it has only been about a week and a half since I finished the a fore mentioned period. Both these period occurrences have happened almost immediately after I have missed a pill why is this happening?

    Comment by Anonymous — March 13, 2009 @ 8:41 pm

  3. Dear Anonymous,The patch works differently with all girls. If you just started using the patch, you should stay on it for 3 more months to see if it stays the same. If you have been on the patch for a long while, and it's always been heavy then that's just how the patch is for you. If it bothers you, try another type of birth control, for example the NuvaRing. It's also a monthly birth control.

    Comment by Janine — June 4, 2009 @ 1:49 pm

  4. Dear Anonymous,When you miss a pill, your body thinks that it is time for your period, so that is why your period came back. Because you have just started the pills you may experience spotting, which is also normal.

    Comment by Janine — June 4, 2009 @ 2:00 pm

  5. I've been on Microgestin fe 1/20 for one year i've always been okay when it came to getting my period, once or twice it came a little early or a little late. Im two weeks into my months supply and i spotted discharge yesterday and today it turned into blood. pretty moderate cramping especially when i lay down. took a pregnacny test and it came out negative.. should i be worried?

    Comment by Anonymous — October 28, 2009 @ 12:35 am

  6. Dear Anonymous,Are you on any antibiotics? Some antibiotics do make the pill less effective and will make you start bleeding again. If you are not on any antibiotics, did you miss any pills in the past two weeks?

    Comment by Janine — October 28, 2009 @ 7:40 am

  7. I was on Desogen for probably six months (not taking the inactive pills). I had a pretty difficult week (I went on a trip and was having a lot of stress from school) and missed probably every other pills (I took two pills when I remembered to, some days I spaced it and just took one the day after I missed one). I didn’t have any problem with spotting or break-through bleeding because of this. However, about a week later, I started spotting. After two weeks of just about constant spotting, I took a HPT, which was negative. The spotting continued for another week, at which point I called my OB/GYN and got switched on to Lutera. After about a week of being on that (in which, I was still spotting) it went to straight bleeding.
    I normally have REALLY heavy periods (to the point wear I cannot use tampons), and this is not quite that bad, but it has gone from not needing anything other than a panty liner here and there to needing a tampon or two in a day.
    I have been on the Lutera for two weeks now and this is still going on. I have no clue what’s going on and am starting to worry because it hasn’t stopped… and has actually gotten worse.
    My OB/GYN told me that it was just the birth control when I went in to get switched… but I have been on several different birth controls before (two or three different pills (including Ortho-Overa, the path, and the nuva ring) and I have NEVER had ANY break-through bleeding or spotting at all… not even in the beginning of starting a BC. I suppose this may be because of my incredibly irregular periods (I have been known to go six months without having a period) as well as the fact that right before I got back on BC, I had probably four-six regular periods in a row.

    Is there something wrong that I should see a doctor about or should I just wait it out?
    I haven’t been taking asprin because everything I’ve read has said that it will make it worse. Instead I’m taking Tylonol for the cramps that I keep getting on and off (noting: it’s not uncommon for me to have cramps between cycles)

    Comment by Quin — June 16, 2010 @ 11:22 pm

  8. Dear Quin,

    How long have you been on Lutera now? Are you still forgetting to take pills? Are you on any antibiotics? After a month of continuous spotting/bleeding, you should see your OB/GYN again and try another pill, because it looks like Lutera is not working for you. If your spotting/bleeding continues the following month with you on the new pill, there might be something else wrong. Make sure you keep your OB/GYN up to date with everything that is going on so they know when to start running tests to see what else could be causing the bleeding.

    Janine

    Comment by Janine — June 25, 2010 @ 10:24 pm

  9. ok so ive been on trinessa for almost a year and in that time i have not had sex untell this month and i had sex and now sence then i have been spotting none stop only a little bit but it happens every day should i be worried? I told my partner about this and he is afraid i might be pregnent but i told him it couldnt be that because that shouldnt make me bleed im not wrong am i?

    Comment by s 123456 re — August 12, 2010 @ 7:35 pm

  10. Dear s 123456 re,

    I don’t think you are pregnant, but just to confirm this with your partner, you can take a pregnancy test. Bleeding after sex on the other hand you should be a little bit more worried about. When the spotting stops entirely, see if it comes back every time after you have had sex. If it does, you should definitely check with your doctor about this. We have written a couple of blog articles on this topic Is it normal to have bleeding after sex and Post sex bleeding.

    Comment by Janine — August 13, 2010 @ 6:58 am

  11. i have unprotected sex with my boyfriend,and am on birth control. low dose. also topamax(for migraines), and was on penicillin(antibiotic) for 1 week at this time. >> on august 2nd i had pink on tissue paper when i wiped. a few days after that i was then treated for a yeast infection by my nurse practitioner. then what i thought to be my withdrawal bleeding (i guess its called) like normal during my week of no pills. is it possible to still have bleeding of some sort towards the beginning of pregnancy if you become pregnant on birth control, but mistake it for withdrawal bleeding?

    Comment by layka — August 25, 2010 @ 7:03 am

  12. Dear layka,

    Whenever you are in doubt, take a pregnancy test to see for sure if you are pregnant. Girls do not only bleed because they are having their period. You may be bleeding because you are taking antibiotics. Read this article about antibiotics and how it affects your birth control because Penicillin does interfere with your birth control. You may also be bleeding for other reasons, for an example, check out this article on post sex bleeding. I don’t want to scare you or anything but it is best to know for sure from your doctor if this is post sex bleeding or if you are bleeding because you are on antibiotics.

    Comment by Janine — August 30, 2010 @ 2:30 pm

  13. I WAS 14 DAYS INTO MY LAST PERIOD AND I WAS GIVEN LOESTRIN 1.5/30 BIRTHCONTROL MY FIRST TIME EVER TAKING BC OKAY IT SUBSIDE FOR 11 DAYS AND HERE IT COMES AGAIN OK MOTHER NATURE BUT I ALSO SUFFER FROM ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION THIS PAST TUESDAY I WAS GIVEN A BIOPSY NOW THE WAITING PART. I PRAY TO GOD FOR MYSELF AND FOR ALL THE FEMALE WHO ARE HAVE TROUBLE WITH THIS ISSUE OUR GUARDIAN ANGELS WILL GUIDE TOWARDS THE RIGHT.

    Comment by FATTY — October 1, 2010 @ 2:06 pm

  14. ok so i forgot to take my pill for about three days then i took the pills again and i bled the day after, but i wasnt suppose to start in another week?

    Comment by emily — November 18, 2010 @ 1:06 pm

  15. Dear emily,

    Since you forgot to take your pill for 3 days now, you should take plan B if you are still having unprotected sex to ensure you won’t get pregnant. Stop taking the birth control pills because you have missed too many pills now and just use condoms and/or spermicide for protection. On the last day of your period, start a brand new pack.

    Comment by Janine — November 18, 2010 @ 6:00 pm

  16. I missed two (Levora) birth control pills the Friday and Saturday after my period week. On Saturday night, I had unprotected sex with my Fiance. On Sunday morning, I began bleeding until Thursday. What are my chances of being pregnant? I read that Levora prevents ovulation. And was that bleeding my period again?

    Comment by Kaylin — December 12, 2010 @ 3:42 pm

  17. Dear Kaylin,

    If you suspect that you may be pregnant, take a pregnancy test and or make an appointment with your doctor to get your pregnancy test done there to double check that you are or are not pregnant. Whenever you miss any pills, chances of you becoming pregnant will increase to 50/50 and if you miss more than one pill, your period will start again. Levora will only prevent ovulation if you continue to take the pill.

    Comment by Janine — December 13, 2010 @ 1:22 pm

  18. I am on ortho evera patch, 5 years and never had issues. I took my 2nd patch off on normal patch change day and replaced it with my 3rd patch. 2 days later (5 days before I am to take last patch off and a week before period to start) I started spotting light pink. The pink changed to brown, only notice when I wipe. Iv had this for 3 days now. I am sexually active and had sex 3 days in a row, about a week before the spotting started (or mid cycle, on patch 2) I havnt had sex since. No pain or odor… could this be implantation bleeding? Or just my body too used to the birth control?

    Ps: im a healthy 21 year old under normal stess and no changes to diet/ fitness, but I had a uti 2 months ago (cleared up fine)

    Comment by ladyd — April 21, 2011 @ 10:55 pm

  19. ive been on the pill (yazmin) for 5 months now, im starting spot and have the iky period feeling although im not suppose to have it for another 2 months since the type of pill makes it so you have your period every 4 months. but about 2 months ago i noticed that i have a bruise looking thing on my labia, its smooth just looks like a bruise but it wont go away and my labia is alittle swollon and a darker colour than normal, i have no pain from this what so ever im just worried. i did some research and some websites said it could be cancer and im only 18. what do you think?

    Comment by Steph — April 25, 2011 @ 9:28 pm

  20. Dear Ladyd,

    Since you have been on the patch for 5 years and have never had any issues, you may want to book an appointment with your doctor about this bleeding. If this bleeding is abnormal to you and you have not had any changes to your medications or lifestyle, I highly recommend you see your doctor about it because you shouldn’t be bleeding while on the patch (even if it’s the last 5 days before your last patch of the month is supposed to come off).

    Comment by Janine — April 27, 2011 @ 10:18 am

  21. Dear Steph,

    I would highly recommend you to go to your doctor and get that checked out as soon as possible. Tell them your story in full detail.

    Comment by Janine — April 27, 2011 @ 11:13 am

  22. I was just diagnosed with PCOS and my doctor put me on loestrim for treatment, before I went on the birth control (3 weeks ago) I didn’t have a period for 18 months, but in the last few days I’ve been bleeding as if I were having a period. Just checking on the normalcy of this..

    Comment by Shannon — June 19, 2011 @ 12:30 pm

  23. Dear Shannon,

    Bleeding on your 4th week of being on the pill is completely normal. You are supposed to get your period once a month while on the pill.

    Comment by Janine — June 20, 2011 @ 10:13 am

  24. Hello, I have been on Necon 1-35-28 for about 6 months because i was constantly nauseated on another brand. So the last couple months i have spotted on 3rd week of pills then stop and start again on the 4th week. This month was different cause i started on the 4th week but was very light. It was all dark red like old blood. It stopped after i started new pack. But i am very tierd and moody and have been having some cramping in abdomen from belly button down and and a little nauseated. Is there a chance i am pregnant? I do take pills but the time at night is always different.Me and my husband have unprotected sex couple times a week. What do you think?

    Comment by Kira — July 2, 2011 @ 8:27 am

  25. Dear Kira,

    It doesn’t sound like you are pregnant. Stay on the pill for another month and wait for your period this month. If your period comes in the form of dark red, then it can be safe to say that you are not pregnant. If you are worried, get a pregnancy test to be sure. Does the nausea and the cramping come only when you have your period or is it all the time while on the pill? Definitely ask your doctor to see if those side effects are normal for Necon 1-35-28.

    Comment by Janine — July 4, 2011 @ 9:50 am

  26. Hi. I took my birth control patch off on a Saturday night and forgot to put on a new one and didn’t put on a new one until Sunday night. By Monday night I started to have something like a period so I figured I’d spot for a day or two. It’s been almost a week. I have had a patch on this whole time. I have never had a problem like this before. Should I go to my doctor or wait it out?

    Comment by Anna — July 17, 2011 @ 4:23 pm

  27. Dear Anna,

    I think you should wait it out. When is your period supposed to come?

    Comment by Janine — July 18, 2011 @ 10:08 am

  28. My girlfriend just started on BC the first day her period started. Its been 5 days and she is still bleeding heavy and feeling really dizzy. Im guessing the dizzyness is coming from the fact that she is losing blood. But just for curiosity, how does a body normally react to the inital stage og taking BC. Is her condition normal?

    Comment by Johnny M — July 18, 2011 @ 11:13 am

  29. Dear Johnny,

    The heavy bleeding and dizziness sounds normal. The side effects should go away after being on the pill for more than 3 months. If the side effect continues and it is disrupting her daily functions, then definitely get off the pill and try another pill or contraception method.

    Comment by Janine — July 18, 2011 @ 5:00 pm

  30. I started my birth control Beyaz back in April. I did the first pack like normal but then on the next pack I started the first two sugar pills then skipped to the next pack, ever since then I have been spotting. Anywhere from light to heavy. It’s now July & still the same is happening, I’m going on vacation next month and want to enjoy it without all of this. Any advice?

    Comment by Jamie C — July 19, 2011 @ 9:47 pm

  31. Dear Jamie,

    I can only advise you to continue taking the pills. If you go off the pills, you’ll get your period. If you don’t go off the pills there is a chance that the spotting will stop.

    Comment by Janine — July 20, 2011 @ 3:07 pm

  32. im currently on loestrin24fe for about 3 months now. i had unprotected sex about 2 months ago. i had 2 lighter than normal, irregular periods (lasting days 2 and 3 of the 4 i should have). but im worried i may be pregnant because of the following symptoms: enlarged and darkened nipples, constipation, lower abdominal cramps, oily face and pimples (ive always had clear non-oily skin), eating 3 or 4 times more than i normally would, bloating, tension headaches, and i just spotted tonight (light pink color and not very much).so many people have asked me if im pregnant and its just really making me think! please help!

    Comment by liz — July 21, 2011 @ 1:01 am

  33. Dear Liz,

    Girls who are on loestrin24fe usually do have much lighter periods. The other list of symptoms you have mentioned sounds like they are regular side effects. If you are worried, take a pregnancy test.

    Comment by Janine — July 21, 2011 @ 9:34 am

  34. I’ve been in birth control for the last 6 years. I have a PCOS and the pills help me to regulate my period. When I don’t take the pill I don’t bleed. For the past two months I had irregular bleeding. It’s lighter than my period and darker in color along with transparent thick discharge. In the past two months I also done moderate weight training, and lost maybe 2 lbs at the most. I am not sure if my change of activity has any effect with the irregular bleeding. Last month when I had an irregular bleeding I stopped taking the pills, and waited a couple of days until I started a new pack. I sometimes take it in different times of the day, but this never really affected my period for the last six years. I’ve been taking oncology classes and I am worried if this is a symptom of a worst disease such as ovarian cancer. Is this normal or should I be concern?

    Comment by Cici — August 6, 2011 @ 1:15 pm

  35. Dear Cici,

    The activities you do does not affect your periods. It sounds like you need to check in with your doctor and to find out if you need to switch birth control so that you can regulate your period again. Yearly PAP tests are done to find out if you have ovarian cancer, so if you haven’t had a PAP test done, you should definitely book an appointment with your gyno to get that done as well.

    Comment by Janine — August 8, 2011 @ 10:46 am

  36. I was on my period aug 3rd and stoped august 7th then a fe I was taking birth control but stoped we had sex within a few days and I took birth control again but had to dobble up 2 times cause I missed too many days then I started bleeding heavy and havent took birth control in a few days cause I dont know if I am pregnant?!?

    Comment by shanny — August 15, 2011 @ 4:56 pm

  37. I have been taking birth control (Gianvi) for a little over a year. I have only missed 2 the whole time i have been on it. And those times were awhile back. I started what i guess is my period about 10 days ago, it usually only lasts 4 or 5 days. It was also a week early. I am still bleeding bright red blood. I have gone through a whole pack of tampons and pads. What could be wrong?

    Comment by Jynna — August 16, 2011 @ 1:03 pm

  38. Dear Shanny,

    It is not recommended to go on and off the pill. Whenever you stop taking the pills you are at the highest risk for pregnancy. The heavy bleeding is from stopping the pill. To find out if you are pregnant, wait for your regular period to come. If your last period was on August 3 to 7th and if you are regular (you have regular periods), then wait for your period in September 3 to 7th. If you do not get your period, take a home pregnancy test. If positive, make an appointment with your doctor to get another test to ensure you are pregnant. If the home pregnancy test is negative, you are not pregnant. If you are still worried, get another more accurate pregnancy test from your doctor. Hope this helps you.

    Comment by Janine — August 17, 2011 @ 9:21 am

  39. Dear Jynna,

    It could be from stress or maybe from another medication you just started taking. Just continue taking the pills as you normally would and see if this occurs again next month.

    Comment by Janine — August 17, 2011 @ 9:55 am

  40. I used to be seasonique about a year ago. I stopped and now I am back on it. I have been bleeding for almost a week now and it’s been a week and a half. The blood is dark (meaning its old blood I think). I think it might be because I accidentally forgot to take two pills and I haven’t been too consistent with the exact time I’m taking it. Could that be the main reason? I am going to monitor it very carefully and make sure I take it the exact time for a couple of days and see if that helps. I’m very nervous and hope it’s nothing serious and I want it to stop before I go to Japan to see my boyfriend in a week (if you know what I mean lol) Is there any way to make sure this doesn’t continue? Thank you.

    Comment by Dorthy — August 20, 2011 @ 10:10 pm

  41. Dear Dorthy,

    The bleeding can be from the 2 missed pills as well as getting back on seasonique. One of the side effects of seasonique is also irregular bleeding. I would recommend you to stay on the pill because as soon as you come off it, your period will come. Continue taking the pill as you normally would and if the bleeding stops, great. If it continues, then at least you are protected from pregnancy.

    Comment by Janine — August 22, 2011 @ 8:25 am

  42. i am on loestren 24fe, i have been on it for more than 6 months. for the past two months i have expirenced alot of menstrual cycles one after the other…its not spotty its the full 7 days…i stop for a couple of days than i get the menstrual symtoms and my period starts. i was on my period for a week and half. it stopped for three days now im back on it…i dont take any meds, i havent really had any sex becuase of the non stop bleeding. if any one could help me out i would be grateful.im started to get scared thanks-m

    Comment by mars — September 3, 2011 @ 7:19 pm

  43. Dear mars,

    You are not supposed to stop taking the pills. You will get your period every time you stop the pill. Stay on the pill and continue taking it every day at the same time of day until your pack comes to an end and you start the next pack.

    Comment by Janine — September 6, 2011 @ 9:57 am

  44. this month is my second pack of birth control and ive been bleeding the 3rd week of it even though im not supposed to til next week. tonight i will start the 4th week. Last night I had sex with my boyfriend. unprotected for the first two thrusts, then i got scared and made him put a condom on. do you think there is any chance i could become pregnant from that?? I do have plan B pills that i could take, but im scared. If i do take it, can i still take my birth control pill tonight too? please help, im young and dont need a baby yet!

    Comment by cameron — September 11, 2011 @ 9:40 am

  45. Dear Cameron,

    Irregular bleeding is normal especially if you are on the continuous pill such as Seasonique or Seasonale. The bleeding may also be caused by stress. Using back up contraception is also good to ensure that you are not pregnant. I would advise you to only use the Plan B pills if you had unprotected sex. Wait for your period to come at the end of this pack. If it doesn’t come, then take a home pregnancy test. If it does come, then you are fine.

    Comment by Janine — September 12, 2011 @ 9:48 am

  46. i did have my period. starting monday (:

    Comment by cameron — September 14, 2011 @ 2:22 pm

  47. I have been on various brands of birth control almost continuously for about four years. I’ve been on my current pill, Monessa, for a year with no problems.
    This past month, my normally scheduled period was unusually light. I didn’t think anything of it and continued taking the active pills as scheduled. The week following my light period, I started bleeding again at a more normal rate. I thought this was a little odd since I was taking active pills daily, but wasn’t too worried.
    I am now on week three of bleeding (one light but scheduled period and two weeks of light bleeding while taking the pill regularly). The only other change I’ve been experiencing is a lack of sex drive.
    I’m not sure if I should be concerned or not. Should I see a doctor, or wait it out?

    Comment by Amber — October 13, 2011 @ 10:08 am

  48. Dear Amber,

    Are you taking any other medications? Some medications when taken with birth control can decrease the effectiveness of the pill which may be causing the bleeding. The breakthrough bleeding can also be caused by stress. I would recommend you to wait it out. If it has not stopped on the 4th week, make an appointment with your doctor and let him/her know about your concerns.

    Comment by Janine — October 13, 2011 @ 10:15 am

  49. Hey so I have been on yaz for about five months now and I haven’t ever had any break through bleeding but I missed a couple pills but took them as soon as I remembered them and now I still have a week left but I am bleeding as tho I am on my period? I am scared cuz I have never expirenced this before :( and I have missed pills before but this has never happened before.

    Comment by britt — October 13, 2011 @ 11:01 am

  50. Dear Britt,

    Don’t worry, breakthrough bleeding will definitely occur when you miss 2 pills. It should stop when you start the next pack for sure.

    Comment by Janine — October 13, 2011 @ 5:11 pm

  51. After I finished one pack of microgestin FE 1/20 I started a new pack so that I would not get my period. I’ve had light bleeding and cramps for 4 days now. I haven’t missed taking any pills and I’m worried this means my birth control isn’t working.

    Comment by Abby — November 2, 2011 @ 2:02 pm

  52. Dear Abby,

    If you have been taking this OCP for awhile now, you may want to make an appointment with your doctor and let him/her know about the light bleeding and cramps. If you have just started taking other medications as well, then it could be the two medications are interacting and decreasing the effectiveness of the microgestrin FE 1/20. If you have just started taking this pill, then it could be your body adjusting to the pill. If this is the case, continue taking the pill for another 2 months and see if the bleeding has stopped. If you are still bleeding by your fourth pack, make an appointment to see your doctor about your situation.

    Comment by Janine — November 4, 2011 @ 9:35 am

  53. Hi im on the pill bc i have pcos and my doctor says this helps so ive been taking it for a full month now. i got a regular period however the last few days of the moth im bleeding again. i dont know if that is normal

    Comment by annoynomous — November 29, 2011 @ 5:11 pm

  54. I just started microgestin fe 1/20 about a week and two days ago. I started it the day my period ended. I just started having light cramps along with light to medium bleeding. I know I just started the pill, but I havent missed one and I’ve taken them all within one hour of eachother. Whats going on? And will this stop?

    Comment by Ashleigh — November 29, 2011 @ 7:10 pm

  55. Dear Ashleigh,

    Bleeding and cramps may be side effects that will subside after being on the pill for 3 months. These side effects should stop, but if it doesn’t and it really bothers you, make an appointment with your doctor to see if he/she can prescribe you on another pill.

    Comment by Janine — November 30, 2011 @ 9:35 am

  56. Dear Annonymous,

    It sounds like you are getting some breakthrough bleeding, which is normal for girls who are starting the pill. If you are taking the pill everyday at around the same time every day, the breakthrough bleeding should stop after being on the pill for 3 months.

    Comment by Janine — November 30, 2011 @ 9:42 am

  57. I starter seasonale in October, my period had just started the day before And my pharmacy said I could start taking The pill that day so I did and my period went away all has been fine up until a couple days ago I starterp to See a odd type of discharge, the blood was dark at first and eventually turned into the normal looking blood,ivd never missed taking a pill just taken it a couple hours than I was suppose to, its not even like a normal period flow, slow and sometimes the blood looker sticky. This I my first time ever isinglass birth control and out of a three month pack I have about two weeks of normal pills left then my sugar pills, is this normal?

    Comment by ali — December 14, 2011 @ 10:14 am

  58. Dear ali,

    Breakthrough bleeding is very common for girls on Seasonale, especially when this is your first pack. Continue taking the pills as normal.

    Comment by Janine — December 16, 2011 @ 9:35 am

  59. I have been on seasonique for about 4 years now. Never any breakthrough bleeding. There have been times when I would skip a pill or 2 without starting my period, but that hasn’t happened in a while. I had my last cycle in Nov. And it lasted for 6 days and was normal. I missed a pill about 2 weeks ago, but doubled up the next day. Around that time, my boyfriend and I had unprotected sex, but he did not ejaculate inside of me. 2 days ago, I started experiencing mild to moderate cramping and this morning there was very light pink blood. I have also noticed a slight change in my mood and eating habits. I took 2 hpts and both came back negative. Could it be too early to tell if I’m pregnant or not?

    Comment by Toni — December 20, 2011 @ 9:58 pm

  60. Dear Toni,

    It may be too early to tell. You may have to wait another week or two to take the hpt again. Since you are on Seasonique, it will take too long to wait for your period to come to find out if you are pregnant. You can also book an appointment with your doctor in a week or two to get a more accurate pregnancy test there to be sure.

    Comment by Janine — December 21, 2011 @ 10:06 am

  61. Hi my names sara and im on birthcontrol and I skipped the sugar pills and have been bleeding very lightly for the past 3 weeks. What does that mean?

    Comment by sara — December 25, 2011 @ 11:47 pm

  62. Dear sara,

    Your body is used to having a period so breakthrough bleeding does occur if this is the first time you are skipping the sugar pills to skip your period.

    Comment by Janine — January 4, 2012 @ 3:58 pm

  63. I just had my daughter 2 months ago and have been on the pill for 3 weeks. After I had sex the first time- nothing. Then then next I bled for a day, and this time it’s been quite a few days and I’m still bleeding. Is this something to worry about?

    Comment by Questioning... — February 3, 2012 @ 2:58 pm

  64. Dear Questioning…

    When a girl starts a new pill, irregular bleeding is a very common side effect during the first 3 months of being on the pill. Your body is getting used to the hormones from the pill so spotting or irregular bleeding is normal and should go away as you reach the 3 month mark of being on the pill.

    Comment by Janine — February 6, 2012 @ 10:17 am

  65. i started taking microgestin Fe 1/20 a week and a half ago. monday i started getting really nauseous, having heartburn and really bad head aches, it just kept gettin worse, wednesday morning i started spotting so i took a pregnancy test and there was a faint positive line so i went and got a digital test the said pregnant then went to a clinic and another faint positive test. i went to the health center today (friday) and i was negative. am i really pregnant or could this just be because i just started the birth control pills???

    Comment by courtney — February 24, 2012 @ 2:24 pm

  66. I took the birth control shot and for the first two months I’m good with no bleeding. then the third month I’m on it I start bleeding like light and spotting everyday and it’s really annoying. now I’m didn’t take the shot this time, and I’m still bleeding. I’ve been bleeding for about two months! maybe longer. what’s wrong with me???? help ???/..

    Comment by faye123 — February 28, 2012 @ 5:36 am

  67. Dear faye124,

    Irregular bleeding is the most common side effect of depo provera. Continue getting the shot as normal to see if the bleeding goes away. The longer you use the shot, the more likely the spotting will stop.

    Comment by Janine — February 28, 2012 @ 9:53 am

  68. Dear Courtney,

    The side effects you are experiencing may be temporary and should go away after being on the pill for 3 months. The home pregnancy tests are not as accurate as the tests you get at your doctor’s. If you are still worried that you are pregnant, take another pregnancy test at the doctor’s to confirm that you are not pregnant.

    Comment by Janine — February 28, 2012 @ 9:58 am

  69. I have been on microgestin 1.5/30 for 6 mos. On feb8 I begin taking antibiotics(the week I didn’t take pills) I took the last pill and started a new pack Feb 13. On Feb 18 I had unprotected sex. The week of feb 19-25 I someho too many pills or missed a day. Well on feb 28 I noticed some spotting and cramps but my period is not due for another week(i finish the pack on Sunday). i took a pregnancy test it said negative. Could i still be pregnant?

    Comment by ladyray — March 1, 2012 @ 11:59 am

  70. Dear ladyray,

    Your spotting and cramps can very possibly from the unknown missed pill. If you want to be sure that you are not pregnant, take a pregnancy test at your doctor’s. He/she should be able to confirm with you whether you are pregnant or not.

    Comment by Janine — March 1, 2012 @ 2:28 pm

  71. When I do get the birth control shot again the bleeding stops for about 2months, but always comes back. I’ve gotten the shot for about 2 years, so I jsut thought I would get off birth control to stop the irregular bleeding all together. So what can I do now to stop it, without taking the shot again?

    Comment by faye123 — March 2, 2012 @ 8:58 am

  72. thanks for the advice. i went to the drs and found out im just over 4 weeks pregnant. i was already pregnant by the time i start the birth control. thanks again for the advice

    Comment by courtney — March 3, 2012 @ 2:32 pm

  73. So,i stopped taking my birth contol and had un protected sex. the whole time on,the 3rd day i started bleeding this would be the 3rd day of bleeding it is brown and not alot i was on the pill (reclepson) can i still be pregnant?

    Comment by sarah — March 14, 2012 @ 5:30 pm

  74. Dear Sarah,

    As soon as you stop taking the pill and have unprotected sex, your risk of pregnancy is very high. To find out if you are pregnant or not, wait a week or two to take a home pregnancy test. Also make a doctor’s appointment to get a more accurate test done to confirm your pregnancy or non pregnancy. If pregnant, talk to your doctor about your options, if not pregnant, also talk to your doctor about other birth control options that will work for you.

    Comment by Janine — March 15, 2012 @ 1:33 pm

  75. Okay thank you im just so confused because my last period ended 2-24-12 and i was on the pill for a week and a half stopped taking them the 8 i had unprotected sex march 9,10,11 and ob the 11 i started bleeding the first two days and the 3 day it was a little brownish? wouldnt it be waay to early for me to be pregnant?

    Comment by sarah — March 18, 2012 @ 1:58 pm

  76. When I do get the birth control shot again the bleeding stops for about 2months, but always comes back. I’ve gotten the shot for about 2 years, so I jsut thought I would get off birth control to stop the irregular bleeding all together. So what can I do now to stop it, without taking the shot again?

    Comment by faye123 — March 19, 2012 @ 7:41 am

  77. Dear sarah,

    You may have gotten pregnant on the 9, 10 or the 11 because you had unprotected sex, but a home pregnancy test won’t be able to detect the pregnancy this early. For more accurate results, I would advise you to wait a couple of weeks before taking a home pregnancy test.

    Comment by Janine — March 19, 2012 @ 10:39 am

  78. Dear faye123,

    You can try another birth control. Make an appointment with your doctor to find out what other birth control options are right for you. There are many other types available such as the ring, shot, iud, pill, patch, etc. Definitely know what your options are and see if those options can help you not get your period.

    Comment by Janine — March 19, 2012 @ 11:38 am

  79. I have been on birth control for 9 months now. On Feb 22nd, I got my period…on Feb 24th, I was rushed to the hospital for excessive bleeding. I have fibroids/cysts and possibly a polyp. As of today, March 21st, I am still spotting. I can go a few hours without bleeding, but then if I do something, i.e., exercise, I bleed. I am scheduled for a bilateral salpingo oophorectomy on April 24th. I am 46 years old.

    I was on Lo LoestrinFE now I am on Loestrin 24FE. I want to continue my daily life routines, but I can’t. There is a history of ovarian cancer in my family and I feel that perhaps something is terribly wrong with me. Should I continue the pill…can I continue exercising…is this normal???

    Comment by Gabrielle — March 21, 2012 @ 8:09 am

  80. Dear Gabrielle,

    I would recommend you to come off the pill. Why were you on the pill to begin with? If you have a history of ovarian cancer, it is not recommended for you to stay on the pill.

    Comment by Janine — March 21, 2012 @ 10:38 am

  81. Hi Janine, thank you for answering. I was put on the pill due to long, heavy periods. My gyno and I were hoping to get me slowly through this and into menopause. No one thought after 8 months of BCP I would end up with excessive bleeding! I went for a second opinion with a gyno oncologist and he said that I can come off the pill if I want to…I think I am just afraid I will get that heavy, excessive bleeding again. I was never so afraid in my life. I go to my regular gyno tomorrow to go over specifics of the surgery with this other doctor at that time I intend to ask him if I should just go off the pill or go back onto the lo loestrinFE…but I do realize I will have that break through bleeding…which, at this point, I might not be able to tell anyway……

    Comment by Gabrielle — March 21, 2012 @ 10:47 am

  82. Dear Gabrielle,

    Did your gyno check you in for ovarian cancer first before prescribing you on the pill to reduce your periods? One of the less common symptoms of ovarian cancer is unusual vaginal bleeding including heavy periods. If you have a family history of ovarian cancer, you should definitely get that checked first before you try anything else.

    Comment by Janine — March 21, 2012 @ 2:42 pm

  83. I’m on microgestin Fe 1/20 n been takin it for 2 1/2 week this is my first month and i read that it is normal to bleed for the first 3 months but is cramping normal?

    Comment by dollz — March 21, 2012 @ 9:42 pm

  84. Dear dollz,

    Cramping is definitely normal :)

    Comment by Janine — March 22, 2012 @ 10:15 am

  85. Soo my period was do yesterday and all im gettin is discharge is that a sign?

    Comment by sarah — March 23, 2012 @ 6:09 pm

  86. My period was due the 21 i mean

    Comment by sarah — March 24, 2012 @ 12:46 am

  87. on microgestin Fe 1/20 and i don’t wanna have a period is it okay if i skip the last week pills and start the new pack today

    Comment by tammy — March 25, 2012 @ 9:47 am

  88. Dear tammy,

    Yes you can. This is one of the benefits of birth control pills :)

    Comment by Janine — March 26, 2012 @ 9:19 am

  89. Dear sarah,

    Can you please give us a bit more information? For example, which pill you are on, when did you start the pill, did you miss any pills, etc.

    Comment by Janine — March 26, 2012 @ 10:08 am

  90. My storys up there youve answered me before i was on reclepsen for a week and a half

    Comment by sarah — March 26, 2012 @ 10:36 am

  91. can i skip the sun and mon pill in a new pack and start today

    Comment by tammy — March 26, 2012 @ 11:55 pm

  92. let me elaborate so i make sense. I’m on the last week pills in the pack so i didn’t miss pills but i want to stop my period because I’ve been bleeding for the whole month so can i start the wed pill from the new pack instead of continuing with the sugar pills

    Comment by tammy — March 27, 2012 @ 12:19 am

  93. Dear Sarah,

    You’re right, I had to go back to find out what we have talked about before. Since you are only getting a discharge as your period, I would highly recommend you take a home pregnancy test.

    Comment by Janine — March 28, 2012 @ 8:49 am

  94. Dear Tammy,

    Yes you can definitely try to to see if the bleeding stops, but if it doesn’t stop, I would suggest you talk to your doctor about trying another pill he/she suggests that will help stop and control the bleeding.

    Comment by Janine — March 28, 2012 @ 9:36 am

  95. Hello,
    I just started birth control. I have one week of “placebo” pills, but I’ve just taken my second placebo and haven’t started bleeding. Is this normal? Also, is it still safe to have sex during the placebo week?

    Thanks for the response,
    Pixy

    Comment by Pixy — April 11, 2012 @ 9:59 pm

  96. Dear Pixy,

    When first starting birth control pills, your body is adjusting to the hormones from the pill and you may get lighter or heavier periods. In your case, you have lighter to no period. This may continue during the first 3 months of being on the pill. Just keep track of when your last period was, when you started the pill, and how long has it been since your last period. When on your 5th pack you still haven’t gotten your period yet, talk to your doctor and see what he/she advises.

    To answer your second question, if you have been diligently taking the pill every day around the same time every day and have not missed a pill, then yes you can have sex during the placebo week.

    Comment by Janine — April 12, 2012 @ 12:22 pm

  97. I had a little birth control stick put in my arm, I forgot what its called.. but I’ve had it for about two years and I’ve been bleeding every day for almost three weeks.. what might that meen????

    Comment by brianna — April 15, 2012 @ 10:37 am

  98. Dear brianna,

    It sounds like you got the Implanon. Irregular periods are common in 5 percent of women who are using this method of birth control type. Are you doing regular check ups with your doctor? That would be highly recommended. You should also take a pregnancy test just in case as well before you go in for your check up.

    Comment by Janine — April 16, 2012 @ 11:38 am

  99. Yea i have that one.. & like two months ago I got l checked out and the doctor said bacicly the same thing.. how ever I was just bleedingthat one day.. this time its consistent.. its every day.. some days its light & some days its a darker brown.. i don’t usualy bleed heavy but I’m worried now because ur doesn’t go away.. & I have no idea what it could be..

    Comment by brianna — April 18, 2012 @ 3:30 pm

  100. Dear brianna,

    The bleeding sounds like it is a side effect from Implanon. If the light bleeding really bothers you, you can talk to your doctor about trying other birth control options.

    Comment by Janine — April 19, 2012 @ 9:43 am

  101. i have been on p’pills.. for three months. last month i missed two pills in my second week of my 21 pack of my pills and we had unprotected sex during those two days. the day after i started bleeding for five days, can i stll be pregnant? i didnt had sex after my bleeding.

    Comment by joy — April 19, 2012 @ 1:45 pm

  102. Ok thank you janine :)

    Comment by brianna — April 19, 2012 @ 3:49 pm

  103. Dear joy,

    You may be pregnant from having unprotected sex during the two days you missed the pill. The bleeding was from the missed pills, it was not your actual period. I would recommend you take a pregnancy test at the end of your pack.

    Comment by Janine — April 20, 2012 @ 8:35 am

  104. Hi I wondered if someone could help me, I’m taking logynon I’ve just finished my fourth pack, on the 14th day I missed on so I took one on the 13th day had intercourse that night and missed 14 completely and took one two hours later than normal on the 15th so Wednesday I went 26idh hours without. I haven’t had any spotting or signs of my period which normally comes 3 days from now. During about 4 days after I missed one I’ve experiences increased temperature like hot flushes (onli 18 years old), headaches, feeling sick, tiredness, runny nose, increased appetite, increased sense of smell, dislike to smells and foods, urinating more and stomach flutters and aches. Chances of pregnancy?

    Comment by Kerry — April 26, 2012 @ 9:43 am

  105. My boobs have also increased in size and hurt and are sore this usually goes away after the last pill taking week but haven’t this time :/

    Comment by Kerry — April 26, 2012 @ 9:50 am

  106. Dear Kerry,

    You should and see if you get your period at the end of the pack. If you don’t get your period at the end of the month, take a pregnancy test. If your test comes out negative then you should be fine. The missed pill and late pills probably threw your body off a little. But if your test comes back positive, make an appointment with your doctor to get a more accurate pregnancy test to confirm your pregnancy. If you are pregnant, your doctor will let you know what your options are.

    Comment by Janine — April 26, 2012 @ 10:48 am

  107. I was on BC for about 6 years, and went off it about a year and a half ago. Two months ago, I started taking Levora again, which is what I was previously taking. Today I had sex, and was bleeding a little during sex. It really made me nervous. I just recently got tested for STDs and am clean, and have had the same partner since I’ve been tested. I have been taking my pills every day at the same time. I was diagnosed with endometriosis last fall after lots of tests – I often have pain/discomfort during sex. I was worried today that this was why I was bleeding, as I did feel discomfort, but he is not very large and I haven’t had it happen before. Or maybe I need a higher dose of hormones now that I’m back on BC? I’m kind of freaked out, and very frustrated. Any advice is appreciated!

    Comment by Michaela — May 26, 2012 @ 8:00 pm

  108. Hi I’m on microgestin 1.5/30, I am on my second pac, had a lot of spotting bleeding first month, it stopped. Second month I bled when I should, but spotting….then bleeding continued…heavily for another week and half. So I stopped all together. I’ve just felt too sick on it. That was from may 5th to about the 14th of bleeding. No pills since the 14 th. And also no bleeding, from what I all read on here, shouldn’t I have bled more by stopping the pills ? And yes, I have an appointment for a new pill to start on. But I’m worried as to why I am not bleeding.

    Comment by dana — May 30, 2012 @ 12:30 am

  109. Dear dana,

    Sounds like your body was adjusting to the pills and while you were bleeding you stopped the pill which may have confused your body some more. During this time of transitioning pills, I would advise you to use back up contraception (ie.condoms and spermicide). Hopefully the new pill would help control the bleeding.

    Comment by Janine — May 30, 2012 @ 3:45 am

  110. Dear Michaela,

    The bleeding you had should be followed up by your primary care physician. There may some local cause or possibly a hormonal one as you recently restarted your pills and it is not uncommon to have some irregular periods in the first several months of restarting the pill.

    Comment by Janine — May 31, 2012 @ 5:12 am

  111. I was put on ortho cyclyn first week of april. I had my period at the end of the month and then I continued to take only 21 pills that way I would only get my period every 4 months. I recently started spotting and now it’s a turned into a regular period. I know it’s regular to bleed withing the first 3 months, however the reason I decided this bc method is because I travel frequently and I’m much more comfortable not being on my period when I do. I’m going out of town on the 27 of this month and I’m wondering if I will still be bleeding by then?

    Comment by Mel — June 10, 2012 @ 1:23 am

  112. I have been on birth control for a few years and have been trying different brands of birth control I was on be yaz for 3 or 4 months and then just recently changed to lo loestrin. So this is my first month on it I was suppose to start my period either Friday or Saturday and I bleed for maybe one day on thursday then nothing else what so ever. Should I be worried what does this mean?

    Comment by Brooke — June 10, 2012 @ 12:35 pm

  113. Dear Mel,

    If you would like to have less periods in a year, I would advise you to talk to your doctor about going on the continuous pill (ie. Seasonale/Seasonique). This pill gives you 1 period every 3 months. When you first go on it, irregular bleeding does occur during the first 3 months of being on this pill. Your body is adjusting to the hormones, but after the first pack, the irregular bleeding goes away and you will get a period every 3 months.

    Comment by Janine — June 11, 2012 @ 2:15 am

  114. Dear Brooke,

    Your body is adjusting to the new pill so the irregular bleeding is just temporary. As you get closer to the 3 month mark of being on this new pill, your body should have become accustomed to the hormones from Loestrin and the bleeding should be more regular.

    Comment by Janine — June 11, 2012 @ 2:18 am

  115. I have been on birth control for four years now and usually skip the sugar pills quite frequently so I don’t have my period and never had break through bleeding. I missed three of the effective pills… The three pills before the sugar pills were due. And a few days later started having that dark brown discharge and light bleeding. I’ve had that for little over a week now… Is that happening because of the missed pills?

    Comment by Jmj — June 13, 2012 @ 3:30 am

  116. Dear Jmj,

    The light bleeding you are experiencing are from the missed pills.

    Comment by Janine — June 14, 2012 @ 1:14 am

  117. Im on quasence a three month birth control. On tuesday I had unprotected sex for just a few thrust then I pulled away. No ejaculation inside. I have taken all my pills but sometimws at different times. Im on row one of the third month pack. Ive had some pink spotting today,(thursday) no cramping though but this was the first time I have had sex in a year and a half. I have been very stressed due to finals, graduation, and starting college. What are my chances of pregnancy?

    Comment by Kayla — June 14, 2012 @ 12:38 pm

  118. Dear Kayla,

    Chances of you becoming pregnant is small, but you can always take a pregnancy test to make sure you are not pregnant. Spotting is a very common side effect for continuous birth control pills such as Quasense, especially during the first 3 months of being on the pill. Stress can also cause spotting as well.

    Comment by Janine — June 15, 2012 @ 2:05 am

  119. I started on bcp end of Dec. I took for first month and got my period, Dr said I could keep taking my pills draught through from there on out so i didn’t get my period. In Dec I did not spot, after I finished my whole first pack.. sugar pills and all.. I had no bleeding. 2 nd month first week i had no bleeding.. 2 nd week I started bleeding.. I take it around the same time everyday.. I didn’t stop bleeding for 2mo. Switched pills..no help. Now of loestrin and still bleeding.. heavier then ever. Not such heavy bleeding, but having some clots.. much heavier then the past months, heavier then my normal periods which are generally light. This has been going on for 6 months. Any thoughts? This is tiring physically and mentally. Thanks

    Comment by maggie — June 18, 2012 @ 8:06 am

  120. Hi Maggie,

    You should talk to your doctor about taking a higher dose or a continuous birth control pill to better control your periods.

    Comment by Janine — June 19, 2012 @ 2:00 am

  121. Hello, I missed my pill on the 20 and 21. Remembered on 22nd. took the two then and the next day as my brand of BC described. I was experiencing the brown discharge you get when you miss a pill. I am still having this problem though..I was supposed to take my inactive pills Today, although I don’t want to have my period since after a week of feeling like it was already on it. Been having cramps randomly and decided to start new pack and skip the placebos. Is there any estimated time when it will subside? Since Then I have not missed any pills and taking them at the right time.

    Comment by alyssa — June 28, 2012 @ 10:08 am

  122. what does it mean when you bleed a lot when on inplanot birthcontrol? sorry if didn’t spell right. I am bleed waay too much.

    Comment by mariah — June 28, 2012 @ 6:27 pm

  123. Dear Mariah,

    How long have you had the Implanon for? About 5 percent of women who are using Implanon experience irregular periods. If you continue to have irregular periods for over 3 months since you have had the Implanon inserted, you may fall into that category. In this case, make an appointment with your doctor to find out what other birth control options are available for you.

    Comment by Janine — June 29, 2012 @ 12:51 am

  124. Dear Alyssa,

    I would advise you to just get your period over and done with. Usually after you have had your period, there shouldn’t be anymore breakthrough bleeding. It is better to have your period for 7 days and to know it will stop than to not get your real period and continue on your active pills not knowing when the breakthrough bleeding will stop. You can take the inactive pills from the last pack and then carry on where you left off with the new pack.

    Comment by Janine — June 29, 2012 @ 12:59 am

  125. Started the patch back in mid may and stayed on it for about a month and a half but got tired of the side affects so i drcuded to switch meyhods of bc. In the month of june i got my regular period June 6th through the 9th then exactly two weeks later got another period lasting from the 20th through the 25th then i removed my patch on the 27th for good. Then i started another period June 29th and still going…have had unprotected sex the whole time. Why did i get two periods and now still bleeding?

    Comment by Rinne — July 5, 2012 @ 9:28 pm

  126. Dear Rinne,

    When you say you decided to switch methods of BC, which method did you switch to? If you were switching methods, why were you still on the patch?

    Comment by Janine — July 6, 2012 @ 3:11 am

  127. Janine,
    Would that mess up my protection at all? And does this mean if I keep taking my active pills the bleeding won’t stop?

    Comment by Alyssa — July 8, 2012 @ 4:08 am

  128. Dear Alyssa,

    Just to be safe, you can always use extra protection. As long as you continue to take the pill every day at the same time every day, you should be protected. If you do decide to keep taking the active pills, the bleeding will stop eventually but we do not know how long it would take.

    Comment by Janine — July 9, 2012 @ 2:29 am

  129. I have read through these comments but am still troubled by my own personal issue. I take tri-nessa and have been for years minus the eight months Sept thru April that I took a Costa Rican birth control pill called norgelene. I have never had problems with trinessa but recently I had to take three pills at once because I had to catch up. My period started the third week of pills and so I decided to just cstart a new pack at the end of that fourth week instead of taking sugar polls because I didn’t want to bleed any more. It’s been a week now and I haven’t stopped bleeding. It’s very heavy and doesn’t show signs of stopping. I am taking my pills at the same time every day. What is happening?!?!?

    Comment by Madeline — July 14, 2012 @ 3:23 am

  130. Dear Madeline,

    I would suggest you to take the sugar pills from the last pack just to get it over with. The bleeding should stop once you start taking the active pills again. If the bleeding continues I would advise you to see a doctor.

    Comment by Janine — July 16, 2012 @ 1:54 am

  131. What would taking the last months sugar pills do? I am on my second week of the new pack and I’m still bleeding. :(

    Comment by Madeline — July 16, 2012 @ 10:39 am

  132. Dear Madeline,

    The sugar pills are just pills without any active ingredient in it so you can have your period. If you are still bleeding when you start your next pack, I would advise you to meet with your doctor to talk about a higher dose pill.

    Comment by Janine — July 17, 2012 @ 5:09 am

  133. I have been taking birth control (mononessa) for about a year and a half, my periods have always been very regular. I finished my period on the 6th of this month. On the 16th I started having really bad abdominal pains, which lasted all day on the 16th and then the 17th as well. The morning of the 18th, I started bleeding like I was having another period, even though I finished my regular period almost two weeks before. Today is the 22nd and I am still bleeding. It varies from being light and heavy. I have always been very regular and I don’t know what could be wrong. I don’t know if I should go to see a doctor. Please help.

    Comment by Kaitlyn — July 22, 2012 @ 10:07 am

  134. Dear Kaitlyn,

    Are you taking any other medications other than the MonoNessa? If not, I would suggest you see your doctor and let him/her know what is going on.

    Comment by Janine — July 23, 2012 @ 1:50 am

  135. No I am not taking any other medications. I remembered that one the 16th or 18th, I had missed a couple pills and had to take three to catch up. Could it be like breakthrough bleeding?

    Comment by Kaitlyn — July 28, 2012 @ 10:22 am

  136. Dear Kaitlyn,

    Yes, this is breakthrough bleeding. It will stop after you have your next period. About the abdominal pains, I would still advise you to see your doctor about that.

    Comment by Janine — July 30, 2012 @ 1:57 am

  137. I have been on Yaz for 5 months now and have only had spotting on a day when I missed a pill. Three days ago, I started taking a medication(Flunarizine Hydrochloride 5mg)for my sinusitis. I started spotting and have slight cramps. Does this mean the medication is lowering the effectiveness of the birth control pills? I have a 6 year old son and really don’t want to get pregnant again.

    Comment by Ashleigh — August 26, 2012 @ 1:16 am

  138. Dear Ashleigh,

    At the moment, use back up contraception (ie. condoms or spermicide) while you are on the sinus medication. I would advise you to talk to your doctor to find out if the Flunarizine Hydrocholoride reduces the effectiveness of your birth control pills and if so have him/her prescribe you to another sinus medication that doesn’t reduce the effectiveness of your birth control. If this is a very temporary medication, continue to use back up contraception up until a week after you have stopped taking that medication.

    Comment by Janine — August 27, 2012 @ 2:00 am

  139. Ok so I recently started taking norgestimate and ethinyl estradiol(ortho tri- cyclen). On the 17th of August I got my period and started my pill On the 19th. I did not get my period or Tuesday Or Wednesday but had it Thursday &Friday. Its now the 3rd of september, Is it normal to still be bleeding? I am still a virgin and has never had sexual intercourse of any kind, nor do I have any health problems, should I be worried?

    Comment by Kiara — September 2, 2012 @ 1:31 pm

  140. The 19th of August is when I started taking birth control for the first time.

    Comment by Kiara — September 2, 2012 @ 1:32 pm

  141. Dear Kiara,

    During the first three months of being on Ortho Tri-Cyclen, you may experience spotting and irregular periods. This is normal during the first 3 months of being on the pill because your body is adjusting to the hormonal changes. If the bleeding continues after the initial 3 month period, make an appointment with your doctor and let him/her know about the bleeding.

    Comment by Janine — September 4, 2012 @ 1:45 am

  142. Okay, here’s my problem….
    I have been on different types of BC for years (patch, pills, shot, etc). I June, my Dr decided that I was in the wrong ‘category’ of BC and prescribed LoEstrin 1/20 to me. I took it for 3 cycles, and during the last 2, had breakthrough bleeding that always occurred in the second week of active pills. I called, explaining that I have had spotting for 2 mo as well as bloating, and they changed it around to Norinyl 1+35. I started that after my last cycle, Sept 2nd, and everything was fine, no breakthrough bleeding the second week and I felt great.
    Out of nowhere, on the 9th (Sunday), as I went into bed, I noticed I had to get up and pee…. Came back to bed, and was up 10 minutes later. This went on all night long. I thought nothing of it, that I may have just drank too much water that day. Then on the 11-12th (Thursday), I started getting breast tenderness. Oh well, I’m use to getting it and thought it would pass in 2-3 days like it normally does. Then the real issues start. On the 13-14th, while me and my husband were having ‘our time’, I noticed my lower right side had sharp pains. We finished, it felt like a dull pain, I went to sleep. The next day, I noticed that when I sat in certain positions, or was too active, it would start hurting, a dull throb. Since then, when we have ‘our time’ it sends shooting pain up my right side.
    I have been exhausted, my sinuses are driving me nuts, everything I eat makes me sick, and adding that to the pain, ‘bloating’ (since that’s what I started off thinking it was) and Tenderness, I am starting to worry. I took a test the evening of the 16th and the am of the 17th, both neg. While on LoEstrin, there were a handful of times in one month (when things were crazy for us) that I missed a pill, but took it a few hours later. I have never had issues on BC, and it has always been very potent for me, so I thought nothing of it. We have 2 children together, and I have had one Ectopic (left side), and don’t remember having any issues or confusion (except when it took 3 weeks after my cycle was due to get a + and it was the ectopic). There was never a gap between pills. I started the pack of the LoEstrin after my cycle with Sprintec (which I was on for 2 years before switching), and I started the Norinyl after finishing my cycle from LoEstrin. Granted, we never used backup methods, I have never had issues switching before (from patch to pill to another pill, etc).
    I informed my mother about the pain, remembering she stated she had cysts, and she informed me she was pregnant with my sister when she had them. She said she knew she was pregnant, but kept getting neg tests. The Dr (this was 20 years ago) offered her something for them, but stated it could harm the baby if she was pregnant, but also said they can cause neg test results. She opted to not take the meds, being told they should go away in 3 months. Needless to say, by the time she got a + the dr’s said she was due the end of Oct. My sister was born the end of July, with Meconium (sp?), indicating she was past due. I am at a loss on what to think. I tried making an appt, but the closest is October. Then today I wiped and there was light pink, which stopped after a few minutes. Should I go to the ER, or wait it out till my appt? I’m sorry for the long story, but I am just at a loss as to what to do. Thank You

    Comment by Christina — September 19, 2012 @ 1:16 am

  143. Dear Christina,

    The more thorough you are, the more helpful it would be for me to assess your situation. The pain you are experiencing should be the first indicator for you to come off of Norinyl 1+35. You should let your doctor know about the pain because it is a serious side effect. If the pain does not go away after you stop taking Norinyl 1+35, you should check with your doctor to find out where that pain is coming from. If the pain does go away after you stopped taking Norinyl 1+35, talk to your doctor about trying a different pill.

    Comment by Janine — September 20, 2012 @ 1:53 am

  144. So, this is my second month of being on the Microgestin Fe 1/20 birth control. I started the day that my period had started. And my period lasted between a week and a half and two weeks. I went ahead and had sex probably about a few days later than that and then I started bleeding after that, though I don’t remember who long it was before I started bleeding. It wasn’t that heavy and then it went away quickly. Despite the fact that I started the white pills on the day of my period, I had a light period during the week of the sugar pills. And then no bleeding for a little over a week. Then I had sex and within 24 hours I was bleeding again. This time it’s been around a week and the bleeding has been dipping up and down on how heavy it is. Sometimes there is barely any blood and then over times I’ve got blood running down my legs or staining my thighs.

    I know that I’ve been very stressed. The period that I had started on had come almost a half a month late as it was and it has been normal for me to miss periods before. Though, I had pregnancy results that came out negative. I’ve never taken drugs or had a tattoo, and I’ve pretty much had one partner that has came out negative for all the standard STD tests and I came out negative for Chlamydia. I know that I do get Yeast Infections quite a bit and had just got though one before I had sex.

    I’m not sure if this is something I should be worried about since I see a couple of real possibilities (like Yeast Infection) on the list, but I’ve been bleeding probably 4 weeks out of the month and a half that I’ve been on birth control and that worries me… Can I please have some help…?

    Comment by Heidi — September 21, 2012 @ 4:02 am

  145. Dear Heidi,

    I would recommend you to stay on the pill for two more months. The bleeding can be from your body getting used to the pill. If the abnormal bleeding continues after being on the pill for 3 months, then I would advise you to see your doctor about the bleeding. He/she may recommend for you to try a higher dose pill and/or perform tests to see what is causing the bleeding.

    Comment by Janine — September 21, 2012 @ 4:47 am

  146. Hi there,
    I had one abortion a few months ago, approximately 4 months ago now. Anyway. I started my pack of Estelle pills regularly as the doctor suggested. I have my periods regularly and my last period was a week ago. After the period finished, I had a morning after pill on Tuesday, then resumed to my dosage of Estelle. A day ago, namely Saturday, I started randomly bleeding. It was rather light at the start but it got a bit more excessive. Instead of the white discharge, it’s bleeding, and it is rather sticky. Could you please guide me on what I could do, and should do? Thank you! x

    Comment by Annie — September 22, 2012 @ 7:34 am

  147. Dear Annie,

    There are many reasons you could be breakthrough bleeding. It may be from the morning after pill, stress, and if you have only been on Estelle for less than 3 months, abnormal bleeding is common. If you have been on the pill for more than 3 months and this abnormal bleeding occurs, you should talk to your doctor about switching to another high strength birth control pill.

    Comment by Janine — September 23, 2012 @ 10:44 pm

  148. I started my birth control about a month ago and i have been on a full blown period for 17 days im worried is that normal?

    Comment by Alyssa — November 7, 2012 @ 4:25 am

  149. Dear Alyssa,

    During the first 3 months of being on birth control, it is very common for girls to experience irregular bleeding. This is totally normal. Unless the bleeding doesn’t stop throughout the entire 3 months and continues to bleed during the 4th month, I would then advise you to see a doctor. Don’t worry, your bleeding would most likely go away by the time you start your next pack.

    Comment by Janine — November 7, 2012 @ 7:16 am

  150. I just started takeing the pill. Amythist. I started the pill back in July middle to the end of july. I have been period free for two monthes No break through bleeding. I thought that was awsome that’s the reason I am takeing the pill. Then all of a sudden at the end of sept I start to spot. I know that’s normal and I wasn’t worried. After spotting I started to bleed like period like. I thought it would eventully go away and I would go back to period free or spotting. Howver It seems like I have been haveing continues bleeding for two monthes. I do have to wear protection due to the bleeding. I’m not sure If i should stop takeing it or switch to a different brand.

    Comment by Tera — November 8, 2012 @ 9:53 pm

  151. Dear Tera,

    If you are taking the pills everyday without missing any, then you should be protected. I would talk to your doctor about this continuous bleeding if this continues past your 4th pack (4 months into the pill).

    Comment by Janine — November 9, 2012 @ 1:53 am

  152. @ Janine. Yes I have been taking them everyday without missing any, at the same time. I’m not worried about being “protected” That’s not why I’m taking the pill. If you don’t count the end of July then I would be just starting my 4th pill pack. I’m thinking of contacting my DR. either Dec or Jan it should be about six months by then.

    Comment by Tera — November 9, 2012 @ 2:24 am

  153. I have been takin the pill for ages now (loistren) and ther has been times wer iv missed the odd 1 but carried on taking it as normal the next day but iv always been fine but yesterday I missed my pill and started taking it again today as normal but this time iv started spotting bits ov browny coloured blood :/ is this normal

    Comment by Kayy — November 23, 2012 @ 2:40 pm

  154. Dear Kayy,

    Whenever you forget a pill, spotting will occur. Next time you miss a pill, make sure you take the missed pill right away and the continue the pack as normal.

    Comment by Janine — November 26, 2012 @ 11:49 am

  155. I been taking microgestin Fe 1-20 tablets for about a week and a half and i started bleeding today but im not suppose to get my period until next month (in about 19 more days) I don’t know if this is normal..

    Comment by Daniela — November 30, 2012 @ 12:17 pm

  156. I get three months supply.of birth control ,and on my first pack i started on the fourth week(white pill).on a tuesday nov 6th. And on my second pack on the second week i started again on nov 19th.so i went to the doctor was.told it was probanly cause i missed a couple days of the pill, but was given a urine pregnancy test(while on my last day of my cycle)and it came up negative.so today is saturday dec.1st and im still on my second pack but on the third week and i started my peiod again. I havent been takwn my pills on time otger than what was mentioned earlier.and my white pills start tomorrow. What does this mean

    Comment by Karen — December 1, 2012 @ 12:11 am

  157. Hi,

    I have been on Necon 7/7/7 (combination birth control pills) for over 4 years now and I am 19. I had sex with my boyfriend at the end of September for 3 days in a row. I was on birth control pills during sex, take them on time, and he used the withdrawal method. Never finished inside me. After that I received my period on time, but it was black and dry blood that was really flakey. It ended after 4 days and my period usually last 5-7 days and are heavy. After that, I went to the clinic where the nurse told me it was probably old blood and gave me a urine test which was negative. I had been experiencing sore boobs, fatigue and bloating before that period which stopped when it came. A week after I had sore boobs and bloating again which lasted til my next period which was definitely normal. This period was heavy and lasted for the next 6 days. Since then my stomach still looks bloated but no sore boobs. I also have red mucus from my nose when I blow it, like there has been nosebleeds. I have taken numerous tests which are all negative, but some have shown faint thin lines after the time limit sometimes days later. Do you think I am pregnant? I am still on my pills and take them normally.

    Comment by Tristen — December 2, 2012 @ 12:49 am

  158. Dear Daniela,

    Irregular bleeding during the first 3 months of being on birth control pill is normal. This is because it takes up to 3 months for your body to adjust to the hormones coming from the pill.

    Comment by Janine — December 3, 2012 @ 1:50 am

  159. Dear Karen,

    You have to consistently take the pill every single day and at around the same time every day so that you will have a more regular period. Every time you miss any pills, you will start to have your period again. Also, irregular periods are normal during the first 3 months of being on the pill, so if you continue to have irregular bleeding on your 4th pack I would advise you to talk to your doctor about another birth control method ie. the patch, the shot, the ring, iud, etc where you do not need to take a pill each day.

    Comment by Janine — December 3, 2012 @ 1:55 am

  160. Dear Tristen,

    Have anything changed in your lifestyle recently including taking new medications/vitamins, changing diet, etc? If not then I would advise you to take a blood test to test your HCG levels to confirm you are not pregnant.

    Comment by Janine — December 3, 2012 @ 2:30 am

  161. Miss Janine,

    I am completely confused by my body and its ruining my life. I have been bleeding NON-STOP for 6 months, I have been on several different bc’s and non seem to stop it. I haven’t had a break from bleeding and its driving me crazy. I have a app with a new GYN on wed to see what can be done. I am just wondering if this will ever end? The emotion and physician problems from this has caused alot of hate in my home and I need to end this. Oh yeah I’m only 26 and my mother’s side all have to have early hyster. although they put them off til their 40′s cause of insurance, thanks for your time and the support I don’t feel so alone.

    Comment by Danielle — December 8, 2012 @ 2:30 pm

  162. Danielle,

    I feel your anxiety! Bleeding non stop for 6 months is pretty crazy. Which pills have you tried so far? Have you considered trying other methods including the patch, the shot, the implant, and the iud? The patch and the shot are both higher doses and many girls have claimed that the shot had stopped their period entirely. Definitely talk to your doctor about these methods to see if they benefit you. Make sure you do go over all the precautions with your doctor with whichever or all those different birth control methods so that you are aware and well informed.

    Comment by Janine — December 10, 2012 @ 2:49 am

  163. I started taking migrogestin 1/20 about 11 days ago. I have had spotting every single day since I started. I would actually call it a light period. There might be a short time during the day I can take the tampon out but other wise I have to have one in regularly. I should mention I’m 40 have 2 small children and have had messed up periods since I had them a few years ago. This is the first time I’ve been back on the pill in about 7 years. How long should I wait till I recheck with my doctor? Seems like spotting would be less often and less amount??

    Comment by Nicole — December 11, 2012 @ 11:07 pm

  164. Dear Nicole,

    Spotting during the first 3 months of being on the pill is normal. Your body is adjusting to the hormones from the pill and it takes about 3 months to get used to. The spotting should subside when you finish you first or second pack. If the bleeding continues after your 4th pack, talk to your doctor about prescribing you to a higher dose pill.

    Comment by Janine — December 12, 2012 @ 1:51 am

  165. Hi I’ve been on trinessa for 3 months now and everything was normal till I missed a pill on the 3rd week (dark blue) and didn’t realize it so I didn’t double up. I realized it when I started my period and looked at what day it was. So I skipped the placebo pills and started new pack Finished the white pills and still having my period. What should I do?

    Comment by jess — December 19, 2012 @ 7:23 am

  166. Dear Jess,

    If you have completed an entire pack of pills (including the placebo pills) and there is still bleeding, I would advise you to either wait it out or talk to your doctor about prescribing you to a higher dose birth control pill.

    Comment by Janine — December 20, 2012 @ 4:36 am

  167. Thanks for your helpful post. Over time, I have been able to understand that the symptoms of mesothelioma cancer are caused by the actual build up of fluid between your lining in the lung and the torso cavity. The illness may start inside the chest location and get distributed to other parts of the body. Other symptoms of pleural mesothelioma include weight reduction, severe breathing trouble, throwing up, difficulty ingesting, and infection of the neck and face areas. It needs to be noted that some people with the disease don’t experience any kind of serious signs and symptoms at all.

    Comment by Lane Paarmann — December 29, 2012 @ 11:30 pm

  168. Hello,
    I had a question. I have been on birth control for about 5 months now. Three of those months I was on Lo Lolestrin Fe then had to switch to a generic brand : microgestin 1/20 and have been on it for these last two months. I took the last pill of that second pack yesterday at 10 am. I am waiting for my period now.. I had an issue though. I haven’t had my period because I messed up and rather than waiting a week for my period and then start the next pack, I went straight into it. This was after my first pack of microgestin 1/20 immediately going into my second pack. As I mentioned earlier, I just took the last pill of the second pack yesterday at 10am and today I am waiting for my period. Problem is that yesterday I had intercourse at around 12 am. Am I pregnant? What do I do? Thank you.

    Comment by Priskila — January 5, 2013 @ 12:56 am

  169. Dear Priskila,

    I would advise you to first take a pregnancy test to confirm your pregnancy. If you are not pregnant, then your body may still be adjusting to your new set of pills.

    Comment by Janine — January 8, 2013 @ 2:42 am

  170. I am on birth control and was 2 days into my placebo week. I had kind of started but had unprotected sex. I still am continuing to have my period. What are my chances of being pregnant. I took the BC pretty regularly. There were only two days throughout the month where my normal time to take it is 2030 ad forgot and didn’t take it until the next morning. Can you continue to have unprotected sex during the placebo week of pills?

    Comment by Jess — February 27, 2013 @ 8:38 pm

  171. Dear Jess,

    If you haven’t missed any pills during your pack you should be protected while on your placebo week.

    Comment by Janine — February 28, 2013 @ 5:21 am

  172. this is my 4th month on the pill, while I usually have protected sex, me and my boyfriend had unprotected sex last week and about 3 days later I started spottin in the mornings it goes away at night comes back every morning with some cramping…We had unprotected sex my 4 or fiftday of the pill…I have also been under a lot of stress. What should I do?

    Comment by sss — March 1, 2013 @ 2:23 am

  173. Dear sss,

    When you say you had unprotected sex, did you mean use back up contraception on top of being on the pill? OR did you mean you came off the pill? If you are using back up contraception (ie. condoms or spermicide) on top of being on the pill, then you should still be protected by the pill because by using back up contraception as well as being on the pill, you are just taking extra safety precautions to ensure you don’t get pregnant. If you came off the pill, then chances of you becoming pregnant is very high. The reason you are spotting is because you came off the pill and you are experiencing withdrawal bleeding. This is normal. I would advise you to take a pregnancy test to make sure you are not pregnant.

    Comment by Janine — March 4, 2013 @ 1:21 am

  174. Hi. So im on lutera. Have been for almost 2 years now. Very regular have missed a pill once in a blue moon but had no side effects from it. Then last week i missed my monday pill. No big deal continued as normal. Thursday i started my period almost 2 weeks early understandable i missed a pill. Never happened before but hey… But it was nothing like my normal periods i usually last about five days and im still going strong a week later. I have cramps like a normal period but more odd. But its also not just red. Its daek and brown sometimes and it flows differently throughout the day. Also has a clear non smell liquid with it at times…. I know i need to go my gyno but until i can make it there.. Any thoughts as to what this is. I have been under alot of stress lately.. But for me thats nothing new. Last year i was under even worse stress….. Ty for any help.

    Comment by 8 — March 13, 2013 @ 6:09 pm

  175. Dear 8,

    Are you taking any other medications that can possibly cause this? Stress can be a factor that can cause unwanted bleeding. I would wait until you complete this pack and start your next pack. If the bleeding continues after you have started your new pack, make an appointment with your gyno.

    Comment by Janine — March 14, 2013 @ 7:17 am

  176. Havent really taken any med recently except started a bioten type pill and new saily vitamen … but yes stress has been on overload. And no it hasnt stoppes yet. Ill make an appoontment if it continues. Thank you!

    Comment by 8 — March 15, 2013 @ 6:16 am

  177. I have been on birth control for about 5 years and on my current brand (yaz) for 2 years. Recently everytime I’m late taking a pill or happen to miss a day I get bleeding, enough to have to wear a tampon or pad. It’s not heavy, just lasts long enough to need one. This hasn’t happened before that past few weeks and isn’t usual for me. Should I be concerned?

    Comment by Kat — March 16, 2013 @ 11:10 am

  178. Hi, My name is Nicole. I have a question and I need someone to help me out with my problem. Ok, so me and my husband want to have another baby but I have been on brith control for a year now after having a baby in which my baby is now a year and 15th months. My birth control is microgestin 1.5/30 without the iron pills because my doctor said I can’t have a period. We have been having sex this whole time and I have been on the pill but I took my pill 5 hours late 2 days ago and than the next day I took it the same time I always take it but I took one pill instead of 2 pills how the doctor say you should but yesterday I didn’t take it Because we want to have a baby but today I started to bleed and I nausea and since  I have been missing up on my pill, could I be pregnant?   

    Comment by Nicole — March 17, 2013 @ 5:07 am

  179. Hi, My name is Nicole. I have a question and I need someone to help me out with my problem. Ok, so me and my husband want to have another baby but I have been on brith control for a year now after having a baby in which my baby is now a year and 15th months. My birth control is microgestin 1.5/30 without the iron pills because my doctor said I can’t have a period. We have been having sex this whole time and I have been on the pill but I took my pill 5 hours late 2 days ago and than the next day I took it the same time I always take it but I took one pill instead of 2 pills how the doctor say you should but yesterday I didn’t take it Because we want to have a baby but today I started to bleed and I nausea and since  I have been missing up on my pill, could I be pregnant?   

    Comment by Nicole — March 17, 2013 @ 5:43 am

  180. Dear Kat,

    Yaz is a low dose pill and if a pill is missed you will experience bleeding. This is normal.

    Comment by Janine — March 18, 2013 @ 6:29 am

  181. Dear Nicole,

    I don’t think you are pregnant yet. It is too soon to tell. If you do want to get pregnant, stay off the pill and wait for your period in a few weeks. If your period is late, take a pregnancy test.

    Comment by Janine — March 18, 2013 @ 6:31 am

  182. I have been in tricyclen for 5 years and have found that if I don’t take my pill at the EXACT same time every day I will start spotting and have an early period.

    Two weeks ago daylight savings time began and the clocks were moved ahead one hour. I forgot to adjust my pill time to go along with this. I continued to take my pill at the same time but to my body it was like I was taking it an hour early. I started spotting and then started to have light bleeding which has been continuing for the past two weeks.

    I took my last active pill today, tomorrow starts the seven day placebo week. Will my period stop and return to normal once I start the new pack after the placebo week is finished? My doctor is on vacation for the next two weeks.

    Comment by Kerry — March 23, 2013 @ 12:14 am

  183. Dear Kerry,

    Once you start your new pack your period should stop.

    Comment by Janine — March 27, 2013 @ 1:24 am

  184. Hi Janine,

    I appreciate you taking the time to respond to my message. Happy to report that my period has lightened up a great deal. Just some very minor brown and trace amounts of pink, not enough to even fill a “light day” tampon. Minor spots on the tampon after having one in for five hours. Looks like an end is in sight!

    Thanks again for your response!

    Comment by Kerry — March 27, 2013 @ 2:35 am

  185. I started taking birth control pills in February 2013 and was told to take the pill everyday, skipping the sugar pill, so I won’t get my period. I started spotting 2 weeks ago and the doctor said to stop the pill for 4 days and then start again. Now I am bleeding heavily. Is this normal? How long will the bleeding last?

    Comment by Suzy — March 28, 2013 @ 2:49 am

  186. Hi Suzy,

    It takes your body up to 3 months to get used to the pill so the spotting was normal. The heavy bleeding should go away when you do start your next pack or get back on the active pills.

    Comment by Janine — March 28, 2013 @ 3:47 am

  187. To follow up with my original post from a few days ago….

    Am still spotting although dark brown with very little red. Very dry discharge. I figure it is safe to assume this is withdrawal bleed now as am on my placebo week. I start my new pack of pills on Sunday. Correct?

    Comment by Kerry — March 28, 2013 @ 8:01 am

  188. Dear Kerry,

    Start your new pack of pills when your old pack is finished.

    Comment by Janine — April 1, 2013 @ 1:36 am

  189. Im 49 and perimenopausal Ive been on lo lostrin fe for 4 weeks during last week of pills I started my period Its been going 6 days now .is this normal?

    Comment by kathy — April 6, 2013 @ 6:07 am

  190. Dear Kathy,

    During the first 3 months of being on Loestrin 24 fe, your body is adjusting to the pill. Your period should be only 4 days long when you are on the 4th pack of Loestrin 24 fe. If it you are still bleeding past the 4 inactive pills period, make an appointment with your doctor and let him/her know.

    Comment by Janine — April 8, 2013 @ 3:51 am

  191. I’m back to having pill troubles again. It seems like my period is trying to begin while I still have 9 active pills left.

    Last month, as you know, it came extremely early and finally stopped two days before I finished the pack.

    I now have 9 active pills to go in this pack and I have some very minor brown spotting. Is it just my body adjusting to the pills again (I have been on Tri Cyclen for about 5 years) or do I maybe need to switch brands?

    I’m on Macrobid for bladder infection prevention and took one rather close to my BC pill a few days ago. I’m confused about what to do.

    Should I finish out this pack and see if things go back to normal on the next pack? Or could this be caused by the Macrobid being taken too closely in time to my BC?

    So, in short, should I space these two pills farther apart and see what happens next month or could it just be my body readjusting to the pill schedule after day light savings messed up my schedule last month?

    Comment by Kerry — April 11, 2013 @ 1:22 am

  192. Dear Kerry,

    The spotting is most likely from Macrobid because Macrobid reduces the effectiveness of birth control pills. I would advise you to finish the pack as you normally would and use back up contraception during the time you are on Macrobid up until a week after you have stopped taking Macrobid. If you did have sex while on Macrobid, take a pregnancy test in a few weeks to see if you are pregnant.

    Comment by Janine — April 12, 2013 @ 8:26 am

  193. Spoke to my pharmacist. Macrobid is in a different class of antibiotics that does NOT affect birth control. Not every type of antibiotic reduces effectiveness of the pill. Just an FYI for you.

    Comment by Kerry — April 14, 2013 @ 5:18 am

  194. Also FYI, I’m on Macrobid indefinitely for bladder infection prevention. Do not have an active infection. I take two per week, have been for the past year. Please read all posts fully in order to provide appropriate advice.

    Comment by Kerry — April 14, 2013 @ 5:20 am

  195. Dear Kerry,

    Thanks for informing us about Macrobid not having interactions with birth control. In this case, if you continue to spot for the next 2-3 cycles, I would advise you to see your primary doctor and look for other factors.

    Comment by Janine — April 17, 2013 @ 7:35 am

  196. I have been taking yaz continuously for about 3 months now and the past few times i’ve had sex i’ve bled but only for a few minutes afterwards then nothing. could this be because of me taking my birth control continuously?

    Comment by anon — May 26, 2013 @ 4:11 pm

  197. Dear anon,

    I would advise you to check with your doctor about the bleeding. As mentioned on this blog post, it can be an indicator of a lot of things.

    Comment by Janine — May 27, 2013 @ 8:26 am

  198. I have been on the patch 3 years and decided to just take it off about 4 or 5 days ago. 2 days ago I started to bleed then last night it got very heavy and I am starting to get cramps. I did this cause we want another baby i just put my 1st patch on for my new cycle 2 days before i took it off so i had already had my normal period! do you think something is wrong or is this normal? i am as so is my husband getting worried. it is the weekend so i cant call my dr please any kind of relief would be great

    Comment by misty — June 1, 2013 @ 10:24 am

  199. Dear misty,

    Where you are in your cycle, as soon as you stop using the patch, you will get your period again. Don’t worry, this is normal and there is nothing to worry about. It takes your body up to 3 months to get back to it’s normal rhythm.

    Comment by Janine — June 3, 2013 @ 8:00 am

  200. Hi there. I have endometriosis. I had tonsillitis and was put on antibiotics for it and have been bleeding for.3 weeks. What do I think is going on. I appreciate your feedback.

    Comment by kristina — July 7, 2013 @ 5:34 am

  201. Hi Kristina,

    Finish your antibiotics as you normally would. You are most likely bleeding because the antibiotics your doctor prescribed you reduces the effectiveness of the birth control you are on to treat your endometriosis. You will have to wait out the bleeding while you finish the antibiotics and once you are done, the birth control will kick in to work again and your period will stop. In the future, please inform your doctor who prescribed you antibiotics that you are on birth control to treat endometriosis so that he can prescribe you an antibiotic that does not interfere with your birth control.

    Comment by Janine — July 11, 2013 @ 9:14 am

  202. I was prescribed Beyaz for ovarian cysts that continued to grow back after surgery and it helped my irregular period regulate. Last Saturday I lost my virginity, we didn’t use a condom but he didn’t finish because the pain caused me to make him stop. I noticed I had bled. We tried again the next night with a condom and since that night I haven’t stopped spotting. It’s not enough for a pad or a tampon but enough for a liner. I don’t know if this is normal because it was my first time, or if my schedule is off? I’m confused and scared. I don’t have any pain. And he was a virgin too btw.

    Comment by Rilee — July 14, 2013 @ 12:43 am

  203. Another thing to add is, I also take monocycline and started it a few days before the sex. Would this have interfered at all?

    Comment by Rilee — July 14, 2013 @ 12:45 am

  204. Dear Rilee,

    The bleeding is from having sex the first time. This is normal and the bleeding should eventually go away. Beyaz does not reduce the effectivness of monocycline.

    Comment by Janine — July 18, 2013 @ 9:34 am

  205. I’ve been on Microgestin 1/20 for 2 1/2 months now (first time ever on BC) and today, I experienced this watery discharge in the middle of the night, out of nowhere. When I went to the bathroom to wipe, it was very light pink. I haven’t had this happen before and it’s kind of freaking me out since I have been taking my pills PERFECTLY since I began my 2nd pill pack last month. Last month, on the last day of my week off of pills, I had sex with my bf and the condom broke, but I started my pack on time (which happened to be the next day), even changed from taking it at my normal 10 pm to 7 pm. I had a pap done and everything came back normal so I have no idea what’s going on. Side note: I just sneezed and the pressure from me sneezing made more, now reddish, but light discharge come out. I’m starting week 3 (my last week of pills in the pack) tomorrow, which is Monday. Help!

    Comment by Nervous — August 5, 2013 @ 2:56 am

  206. Dear Nervous,

    During the first 3 months of being on the pill, you will notice changes in your body including discharges. It is perfectly normal. It takes your body up to 3 months to get used to the birth control pills. The light discharge may continue until you finish the pack and your actual period comes. Complete the pack as you normally would. The light discharge should go away when you start your next pack.

    Comment by Janine — August 20, 2013 @ 10:08 am

  207. So I have been on Microgestin 1/20 for a year now. I had sex on my second day not on active pills. He pulled out before he came.. I have extremely light bleeding which I would assume was period since it came on the day it was supposed to but I have been having lower abdominal pressure or “cramps” after the extremely light bleeding ended. I am very good at taking my pills on time and everyday. im just scared shitless that I am pregnant. please help

    Comment by Confused — September 8, 2013 @ 6:22 pm

  208. Dear Confused,

    I would advise you to see a doctor about the cramps/abdominal pressure and the light bleeding.

    Comment by Janine — September 16, 2013 @ 9:32 am

  209. Hello..! So I just had my annual 9/4 and I had started the patch. But the problem is that when she asked when I had my last period I couldn’t remember. So we took a urine test and agreed to wait till 9/8 to start the patch (to wait for period) 9/8 came n went wit no period (found out i had started my period 8/11) and I asked if it was still okay to start. Took a preg test and they came out negative. Well when I had my pap I was cramping. I had assumed my period was coming cuz inonly cramp when she is on her way. She said I would spot from the pap and I didn’t. I hadn’t started spotting till yesterday and today my panties are basically brown from discharge when I wiped it was very light but a lot of it. Now I’ve never been pregnant and my periods are usually heavy n on time except here n there they’ve been a day late. I’ve been moody, I have nausea, everything makes me wanna cry. Part of me assumes stress from work, but I’m afraid of pregnancy. I don’t even want to stop using the patch. I haven’t taken any pregnancy tests since 9/9 but this brown stuff and the cramping and the nausea and upper back pain has really got me buggin. Yes I had unprotected sex but we didn’t have a full unprotected session. He would put on the condom after a few pumps. He did not cum inside of me but there’s still some precum and he leaks a clear fluid when he feels really good. Or is this breakthrough bleeding. Im really not interested in purchasing more tests. I don’t have time for a pregnancy.

    Comment by So much goin on — September 20, 2013 @ 7:45 pm

  210. Dear so much goin on,

    Because you just started using the patch, the brown discharge, moodiness, nausea, sensitivity are all side effects that would go away within 3 months of being on the patch. It takes your body up to 3 months to get used to the patch and the side effects you are experience are only temporary. You can confirm that you are not pregnant by taking a home pregnancy test. Once you confirm that you are not pregnant, it should help reduce some stress as well.

    Comment by Janine — September 24, 2013 @ 8:54 am

  211. I had unprotected sex on pill, Minulet, over a month ago. A week later i got my withdrawal bleed 12 hours earlier than i usually get it . It was pretty much normal lasting 4 days, slightly lighter than the last 2. Have had no sex and have gone off bcp since then on doc orders. It has been 3.5 weeks and no sign of normal period. However have pretty constant adominal pain in right side and occasionally pain in the lower centre. Is this coming off bcp symthoms? or should i be concerned about pregnancy? I took a digital test in the afternoon a week ago , it was negative however i had drunk a fair amount of water before.

    Comment by Sarah — October 7, 2013 @ 1:33 pm

  212. Dear Sarah,

    To be safe, take another pregnancy test first thing in the morning tomorrow. If it is still negative, visit your doctor and inform him/her about the abdominal pain.

    Comment by Janine — October 15, 2013 @ 10:14 am

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