(Closed) Help…breakthrough bleeding

posted 7 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
1137 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Which one are you on? I noticed certani ones caused more breakthrough breeding than others (like Seasonale/Seasonique), at least for me. I was on Seasonique for 2 years (until I switched insurance and it was going to cost me an arm and a leg), and before that I had cycled through a few others.

I noticed moodyness with different Ortho’s, as well as any generics. I gained a lot of weight on Seasonique as well, and have since switched to loestrin 24, which I’ve gained weight on as well (but it could be a mix of things, including all the stress). I’ve been less moody on it, and just overall happy.

My first pills, Ortho/generics, were what they put me on to begin with. I then started experimenting, asking for prescription changes. You could research a few others and ask to try something else. I was able to get them to write me a new prescription over the phone (without an appointment), which was nice.

Post # 4
1940 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I couldn’t tell by your post if your doctor has you taking the medication continuously or not (i.e. not taking the placebo pills for several packs).  If so, breakthrough bleeding is very common.  Did your doctor talk to you about how long you should take two pills a day for (example: 5 days in a row)? I once had “breakthrough bleeding” (really heavy) for about 6 weeks and lost a lot of weight.  Thankfully I got changed to a different medication!

Basically, if you’re continuing to experience problems, it may help to change medications with your doctor’s approval of course.  Also, consider talking to your doctor to find out if the bleeding starts if you can just stop the active tablets and have your “regular” period then and re-start the active pills after 5-7 days (or whatever your doctor decides).

This information is not to be considered medical advice.  Always contact your personal physician to discuss your medical situation.

Post # 5
686 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I didn’t have any breakthrough, but I was a B*TCH when I was taking tri-sprintec so I got switched to cryselle and now I don’t get any negative side-effects.

Post # 7
1940 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

In my personal experience, under the direction of my physician, I have had to take 2 BC tablets a day for 5 days for breakthrough bleeding that won’t stop.  However, I also had another physician (both OB/GYNs) say that if heavy/ long bleeding starts, that you’ll likely not “recover” and thus it makes sense to stop the active tablets and have your break week (he did recommend using backup contraception that week, like condoms). I would try to talk to your physician to find out specific instructions for what to do if you have breakthrough bleeding.

Honestly, it sounds like you have different goals that your current physician.  I would definitely encourage you to try to find another physician that may be a better fit for you!  Pushing anti-depressants isn’t a good approach, especially if you’re concerns are about your BC, not depression!

Edit: Final thought… I had to try quite a few different BC’s (I think 5 or 6) before I found the one that worked for me.  I was on low dose BC for quite a while, but I had a lot more symptoms with that (emotional, breakthrough bleeding, etc) than with more “medium” dose BC.  Ultimately, I did better on a slightly higher dose (not like super high, but higher than the low dose), but that’s just me.

Post # 8
452 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

I’m not sure about the breakthrough bleeding for that long, but I would try 1) a different BC pill or 2) and different doctor.  I was on the regular does Ortho and it was terrible so I had to switch to the Lo and it’s pretty darn good.  Good luck.

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