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Dr. Andrew Rynne
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What causes vaginal bleeding while on birth control pills?

Hi im 28 years old. I started to taking birth control pills from first day of my period. After 5 days when period finished, it started little bit bleeding. I was still taking pills about 2 weeks from my period and after I stopped to drink the birth control pills and still bleeding, in the parmacy they told me to take deflon to reduce the bleeding, is it normal to bleed like that? Is it okay if I still continue to take birth control pills?
Mon, 26 Feb 2018
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Hi and welcome.
Well, these pills contain estrogen hormone and after the use of emergency contraception in some women, vaginal bleeding can occur.This can either in the form of spotting or heavy bleeding.The blood that you would have seen is likely as a result of the emergency contraception. Other possible side effects are abdominal pain, headache, nausea, fatigue. Pregnancy tests are usually highly accurate at detecting pregnancy if taken at the appropriate time which is 11 to 14 days after possible conception. If the tests that you did were done at this time or later then they are likely accurate. Emergency contraception only reduces the risk of unplanned pregnancy by 88% but consistent use of other forms of contraception ( the pill, injection, implants etc) offer 99% protection. I hope this helps, feel free to ask any other questions
. If you still have any other query, you may please ask me.
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