(Closed) GYN questions

posted 9 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
79 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

1. Basically, (and this is simplified) the birth control pill works to prevent pregnancy by convincing your body that you’re already pregnant. If you’re having breakthrough bleeding, it may mean that your body is not convinced, so there could be a higher risk of getting pregnant. To fix this, your doctor may put you on a pill with a higher dose or a slightly different type of hormone. Every woman’s body is different, so it’s not unusual to try a couple of different brands of the pill before you find the one that’s perfect for you.

2. Everything I’ve read says that there shouldn’t be any risk if you take the pill for a short while after you’ve become pregnant. It wouldn’t be more than a few weekes, right, because the first time you stop your pill and don’t have a period you’d clue in pretty fast!


Hope this helps, but talk to your Doctor!


Post # 5
56 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

LeiAnn, from what I understand, breakthrough bleeding is very common with the extended-dose pills. Mention it to your GYN, but I think what you’re experiencing is normal for the type of pill you’re taking, albeit annoying!

Post # 6
200 posts
Helper bee

Breakthrough bleeding and spotting are completely normal. Don’t worry about it.


(p.s. Look into getting an IUD!)

Post # 7
524 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

Breakthrough bleeding DOES NOT necessarily mean that your pill is less effective.  Not taking the pill at the same time every day can cause the breakthrough and reduced effectiveness.  You can also breakthrough even if you take the pill at the same exact time every day, and still have all of the protection.

Breakthrough is more common than not for at least the first year, and frequently beyond, for extended cycles.  If the breakthrough doesn’t lessen after a year on the pill, try taking a different pill as extended cycle.  You should never expect to be completely breakthrough free.

 When I was on Seasonale, I went almost two years without a single day of breakthrough (and I skipped all periods for two years)!  I was told that was a less than 1 in 10 occurrence.  Very lucky! Then, all of a sudden, I couldn’t go more than two months without breakthrough on Seasonale.  Last year I switched to Yasmin and I now take that as extended cycle.  Although I still have some breakthrough, it’s been reduced.


Post # 8
2004 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

As long as you are taking your pill on time, every day, then breakthrough bleeding (btb) does NOT put you at higher risk of pregnancy while you’re on the pill.

This link from Mayo Clinic says that if you’re taking the pill while pregnant, obviously you should stop once you’ve figured out that you’re pregnant, but that generally nothing bad happens: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/birth-control-pill/WO00098 (scroll down some to see your question).

Good luck!

Post # 9
2365 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I was on Kariva for 2 1/2 years and recently messed up … so I’m waiting to get back on track and start pills again.

While on Kariva I never had any bleeding until my period which was 3 days long. I forgot and missed 3 pills … quit the pill and than had horrible bleeding so I’m waiting now to begin new pills. I have to get my period first though. 

I’m all messed up. I know I’m not pregnant though. I have to go see the gyn on wed.

Post # 10
519 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

As an RN I can tell you that breakthrough bleeding is normal. Annoying yes, but normal. If it bothers you, talk to your GYN. Regarding the IUD comment, you will probably be told that you don’t fit the criteria unless you have had a child.

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