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Delayed period with heavy bleeding on birth control pills - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   My period ended 12/31. I started taking my birth control on 12/30. on 1/5 I started having bloody, vaginal discharge that was red and fairly heavy when I wiped. it is now 1/5 and its changed to brownish-red to sometimes red. I was wondering what this can mean?
User :   i ment it is now 1/8
Doctor :   Hi
User :   Hey
Doctor :   How can I help you?
User :   Im wondering what my possible condition could be
Doctor :   Is this your first experience with birth control pills?
User :   no, ive been on the same brand for 2 years
Doctor :   Are you regular with your pills?
User :   yes
Doctor :   May I know your age?
User :   20
Doctor :   Do you have abdominal pain, increased urination, pain while passing urine?
User :   no
Doctor :   Have you had similar symptoms in the past?
User :   no
Doctor :   Do you have history of medical illness such as diabetes, thyroid problems, PCOS?
User :   no
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Let me brief you.
Doctor :   Heavy bleeding while on birth control pills occur while starting the placebo pills (in a 28 day pills) and during the pill free days (in a 21 day pill).
Doctor :   This is referred to as withdrawl bleeds, which is what happens routinely and that is normal.
Doctor :   However, few people who are on birth control pill
Doctor :   report irregular menstrual bleeding, heavy duration and increased days of bleeding or intermenstrual bleeding.
Doctor :   The symptoms that you are witnessing could be either of these 2 causes.
Doctor :   such symptoms usually fade away over a few days.
User :   between 12/31 and 1/5 I had no bleeding. If I had intercourse between then and now i couldnt be pregnant could i? Or is it the random intermenstrual bleeding? Ive never had that before
Doctor :   No, I do not consider pregnancy as the cause for the bleed.
Doctor :   It should either be the withdrawl bleed which didn't happen initially after your pills, ]
Doctor :   or such random menstrual irregularities which are reported by certain individuals.
Doctor :   Stress could also be a contributing factors.
Doctor :   You need not concern.
Doctor :   Watch out for these symptoms though
Doctor :   Abdominal pain, discomfort while passing urine, persisting bleeding lasting for more than 2-3 weeks.
Doctor :   If any of the above symptoms happen or
Doctor :   if such episodes repeat again in your subsequent cycles,
Doctor :   a physical examination and evaluation by a gynecologist is warranted.
Doctor :   And finally, destressing measures such as regular sleep, physical exercises, regular and improved diet has to be followed.
Doctor :   Have you followed what I have suggested?
User :   yes :)
Doctor :   Do you have any other query?
User :   no, that should be all. Thank you :)
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me.
Doctor :   Have a great day!!
Doctor :   Bye for now.
User :   you too, thanks :)
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