Bleeding?? Switched BC

posted 3 years ago in Intimacy
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

This very much happened to me. I actually had to come off birth control pills because I was always bleeding- it was never period heavy, but enough where it really hampered my sex life and always had to have at least a liner in. Unfortunately, it’s totally common. So sorry- I feel your pain!

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

Light bleeding and spotty is not uncommon when switching between methods of hormonal birth control. Give it 1-2 months more, and if it persists beyond that, ask your doctor to switch you.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 1998

Be prepared when dealing with idiots in the medical field.

When I started my first birth control pill, I always had breakthrough bleeding. It came pretty regularly about a week before my actual period would start, and like yours, was very light. While this is a very common side effect, from my experiences and several others I’ve talked to, it tended to be a long-term side effect (i.e, it never went away until switching pills). Are you on a combination pill?

When I told my NP about it, she told me I might have gonorrhea or syphilis. She stared at me like I was an alien when I mentioned it only started when I started taking the pill. I had to seriously stop and go, “…Is this NOT one of the most common side effects of the pill?” She argued about giving me any kind of prescription for a pill again, but eventually relented and wrote me a script for a progestin-only pill, which in my experience is a lot better with far fewer side effects.

It’s slightly less effective, but we’re talking about things that are around 98% effective – for all practical purposes, very good for the average Joe.

Post # 7
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Every birth control has different hormone levels and it is absorbed differently depending on the type. I would most definitely say you’re just adjusting right now.

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