Spotting On Birth Control

Spotting is common during the first six months of taking birth control pills, as the body tries to adjust to the new levels of hormones. The other reasons for spotting on birth control are missing a pill, vomiting immediately after taking a pill, pregnancy, and sexually transmitted infections.

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I took abortion pills and the bleeding is intermittent but not heavy. Is it normal?

Query: Hello doctor, I took abortion pills, and after seven days, when the bleeding has stopped but has started again after six days, it started again. Bleeding is normal and not heavy. Is it normal? Please advise.  Read Full »


Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Induced abortion by medications is actually hormone-induced miscarriage, and it has side effects of hormones. Everyone's body responds to hormones, and it depends on how the individual body responds to them. Abortion-induced tablets can give side effects of spotting, un...  Read Full »

I had unusual spotting with NuvaRing. Please advise.

Query: Hi doctor, Last month, I had an unusual spotting during the time I was using Nuvaring. That never happened before. So, I decided to take the ring off, but during that time, it was menstruation. I never had a normal flux, just spotting all the time. At first, kind of brown and after, redder and then...  Read Full »


Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Nuvaring is Etonogestrel and Ethinylestradiol containing contraceptive. Hormones have its own side effects and appear a bit differently in every individual female. Combined contraceptives have short-term effects like abnormal bleeding, spotting, mood variations, brea...  Read Full »

I have been on birth control vaginal ring for five years, but recently noticed spotting post-intercourse. What could be the reason?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been on birth control vaginal ring for the past five years. I had no problems with it until this morning. I was intimate with my partner (penetration with fingers) and had an orgasm. We then noticed that I had a bleed. It was light spotting and looked like a little period. It ha...  Read Full »


Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your complaint is about post-intercourse spotting with birth control vaginal ring and then period-like pain, so you are asking about the possibility of injury. Birth control vaginal ring is a polymeric drug delivery device designed to produce two hormones, etonogest...  Read Full »

I am on birth control pills, and I experienced a breakthrough bleeding for several days after sex. Should I be concerned?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a breakthrough bleeding. I have been on a birth control pill for four years. I had sex about a week ago. I just moved to London, so I had to change the time I took the pill. Also, I have been stressed lately due to the relocation. After having sex, I bled (which is a normal occu...  Read Full »


Dr. Manisha Raghunath Auradkar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. Bleeding after sex is not usually considered normal except in those who experience rupture of the hymen. Although stress and time zone change can cause these symptoms, you should see a gynecologist if this keeps repeating, especiall...  Read Full »

I took an emergency contraceptive pill after unprotected sex, and now I have light to medium spotting for a few days. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, During my last period, blood flow lasted for about five days, and I had sex on the fifth the day of my menstrual cycle. But I took a precautionary pill the next morning. However, I again had unprotected sex after nine days (no ejaculation). I saw a very light spotting the next morning...  Read Full »


Dr. Natasha Bansal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have read your query and understand your concern. According to what you have described, it seems like the irregular spotting is due to the intake of the emergency contraceptive pill. Unfortunately, these pills have side effects and cause irregular bleeding, spotting...  Read Full »

What does spotting on birth control pills indicate?

Query: Hello doctor, Does spotting on birth control mean your pill is not being effective?  Read Full »


Dr. Balakrishnan. R

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. How are you doing? Spotting in between cycles, when you are regularly taking birth control pills means that, the endometrium or the inner lining of the uterus is not being fully supported by the hormones. If you are not punctual on taking pills or had vomited immediat...  Read Full »

I was bleeding heavily after having sex for two to three days. What can be the reason?

Query: Hi doctor, I was bleeding heavily after having sex for two to three days. There was also spotting previously in the same week during certain sexual activities. Four months back, I had birth control tablets for treating PCOD, and I stopped taking the medications two months back. Is this normal, or am...  Read Full »


Dr. Varunbabu Aucha

Answer: Hi, Welcome to iCliniq.com. Generally, bleeding is seen during the first sexual activity. And if you had been involved in sexual intercourse continuously for three to four times without lubrication, there will be bleeding. If you took an emergency contraceptive pill following sexual activity, there ...  Read Full »

What can I do to stop the bleeding and spotting that I have been having after I underwent a contraceptive implant procedure?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 24-year-old female who had a contraceptive implant three months ago. I am not taking any medications. I did not get my period for the first two months, but I have been spotting for the past 35 days. What can I do to stop the bleeding and spotting?  Read Full »


Dr. Purushottam Sah

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can see that you have breakthrough spotting from the attached images (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). It means the level of hormone released from the implant is insufficient to prevent spotting. I suggest you take a low-dose oral contraceptiv...  Read Full »

After taking I-pill following unprotected sex, I am experiencing spotting and red discharge. What could be the reason behind it?

Query: Hello doctor, I had unprotected sex during my period. Within 72 hours, I have taken Unwanted-72. After period again, I had unprotected sex, and I took an I-pill within 72 hours. After two days, I was spotting, continuing for 7 to 9 days. I am spotting brown discharge sometimes and sometimes red. Ple...  Read Full »


Dr. Sunita Kothari

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. You have nothing to worry about. All these disturbances are due to tablet Unwanted-72 (Levonorgestrel). Take tablet Trenaxa 500 mg (Tranexamic acid) thrice daily for five days to stop the bleeding and spotting. One should not take emergency contraceptives again and a...  Read Full »

I have been bleeding and seeing dark red spots after taking the morning-after pill. Is it a sign of pregnancy?

Query: Hello doctor, I took a morning-after pill a week ago because the condom tore. I have taken the pill before without any side effects, but this time I noticed light spotting and bleeding. I was not ovulating when I took the pill and was just done with my period. It has been bleeding for a day, and I s...  Read Full »


Dr. Richa Agarwal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. In your case, menstrual irregularities might be due to hormonal imbalance caused by an I-pill (Levonorgestrel). There is almost no chance of pregnancy because you took I-pill on time. So, I suggest you get a urine pregnancy test done af...  Read Full »

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