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I am bleeding while on birth control. What could be the reason?

I am bleeding while on birth control. What could be the reason?

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Answered by

Dr. Sameer Kumar

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Published At January 11, 2017
Reviewed AtJune 20, 2023

Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

I am 20 years old. I am 134.3 pounds and approximately 5'6" tall. I am a new mother of 1.5 month old baby girl. I am on birth control and using the Nexplanon bar inserted into the arm postpartum. My issue is that I have started bleeding now. I am not breastfeeding and there is no milk production any longer. Is it possible to have your period soon after giving birth and while on birth control?

Answered by Dr. Sameer Kumar


Welcome to icliniq.com.

Firstly, after childbirth, there is bleeding in the form of lochia (normal uterus discharge after delivery), which is normal and usually lasts three weeks where the endometrium is shed. Also, breastfeeding promotes early involution of the uterus. So, it is advisable to continue breastfeeding for at least six months. In your case, you have stopped breastfeeding and introduced Nexplanon, a progesterone insert, which has a life of three years. For information, every progesterone based insert takes two to three months to adjust to the cycle and during that period spotting in the form of intermenstrual bleeding is common. It is advisable to practice barrier contraception for at least three months till the periods are completely stopped after the insertion of Nexplanon.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Sameer Kumar
Dr. Sameer Kumar

Obstetrics and Gynecology

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