Withdrawal Bleeding

Withdrawal bleeding is the monthly bleeding women on regular birth control pills experience during the pill-free period (or placebo week). Withdrawal bleed is not exactly the same as a menstrual bleed. It is caused by a slight change in hormonal levels and is much lighter than periods and also lasts fewer days.

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What does barrier contraception mean?

Query: Hi doctor, I had an I-pill after unprotected sex. We have had unprotected sex again after 72 hours of I-pill intake. Do I need to take second I-pill? Kindly suggest.  Read Full »


Dr. Sameer Kumar

Family Physician, Obstetrician And Gynaecologist, Infertility Specialist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. No, there is no requirement of repeating the I-pill till 72 hours to 120 hours after the first pill intake. The first pill shall cover up. You may derange the hormonal balance if you take the second pill now. Please practice barrier contraception till you get your with...  Read Full »

Is there any possibility of pregnancy due to sex on the fifth day of the period?

Query: Hi doctor,My girlfriend and I had sex last month, and it was her fifth day of the period. The next day she took I-pill, and after five days, there was bleeding again. Are there any chances of pregnancy?  Read Full »


Dr. Priyadarshini Tripathy

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I went through your query. As your girlfriend was on her day five and took I-pill (synthetic Levonorgestrel) the next day, there is extremely little chance of pregnancy. So do not worry. Spotting or bleeding after I-pill intake, delayed menses are common side effects of...  Read Full »

Can I get pregnant even after taking an I-pill within one hour after intercourse?

Query: Hi doctor, I had unprotected sex ten days back, and I took I-pill within one hour after intercourse to avoid pregnancy. My last period was 15 days before the intercourse. Six days after the intercourse, I got light bleeding, which is dark brownish, but today it has slightly increased with red blood...  Read Full »


Dr. Uzma Arqam

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Emergency contraceptive pills are hormonal contraceptive pills that interfere with regular periods by inhibiting ovulation and can irregulate periods or can give withdrawal bleed within two weeks of the period. This bleeding is in response to I-pill (Levonorgestrel) that ...  Read Full »

How to stop spotting due to a missed pill?

Query: Hi doctor, I went abroad a few days after my period ended. I start birth control on the last day or the day after the last usually. On the second day of my vacation, I started spotting and that has lasted till now. It has been about 10 days. I have been taking my birth control throughout. I only jus...  Read Full »


Dr. Sameer Kumar

Family Physician, Obstetrician And Gynaecologist, Infertility Specialist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. You are experiencing a breakthrough bleeding occurring due to missing your pills and also probably due to not taking them on time. If it is a combined oral contraceptive pill, then it should be started from day 2 or 3 of your cycle ideally. So, the best is to s...  Read Full »

Can a woman who took Unwanted 72 pill within three hours of intercourse become pregnant?

Query: Hi doctor, I had sex with my wife 25 days back. It was the tenth day of her period, and her menstrual cycle is 29 days cycle. She took an Unwanted 72 pill within three hours of intercourse. After nine days withdrawal bleeding started. And it lasts for three to four days. Today is the 15 th day; we ...  Read Full »


Dr. Priyadarshini Tripathy

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thanks for reaching out. As the urine pregnancy test is negative, and she had withdrawal bleeding, there is no chance of pregnancy. I hope this helps. It was my pleasure to help you with the medical query, and I would be happy to help you in the future.  Read Full »

Should I continue Krimson 35 for prolonged bleeding and pain?

Query: Hello doctor, I have PCOS. I had my last periods before seven months. Then I had just spotting last month. I consulted a doctor for the same, and she prescribed me Regesterone 5 mg two tablets for ten days, followed by one tablet a day for 10 days. She also suggested Krimson 35 from the second day ...  Read Full »


Dr. Priyadarshini Tripathy

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You are having breakthrough bleeding as you missed Regesterone tablets. I would recommend you to continue taking Krimson 35 (Cyproterone acetate and ethinyl estradiol) and add tablet Tranex MF (Tranexamic acid and Mefenamic acid) acid 500 mg thrice a day until bleeding...  Read Full »

How to confirm whether I had withdrawal bleeding or normal period ?

Query: Hello doctor, I had protected sex last month. Just to be sure, I took an i-pill within six hours on the same day itself. My cycle is 28 days. I have read online that after taking an i-pill, a w,oman gets withdrawal bleeding within 7-10 days. But I did not get any withdrawal bleeding (even after 15 ...  Read Full »


Dr. Sravanthi Nuthalapati

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your thorough description and will help you out for sure. As per your description, as it was protected intercourse and took an emergency contraceptive pill, the chances of pregnancy are very low (but not zero, as every contraception method has s...  Read Full »

I have been taking Primolut irregularly and my period is delayed. Why?

Query: Hi doctor,I am 28 years. I had my period on the 24th of last month and I had unprotected sex on 2nd of the next month. I took Primolut on the same day and I had been bleeding again on 5th to 7th. It was not like usual bleeding. After that bleeding, I sometimes take Primolut on my own, like, when I t...  Read Full »


Dr. Uzma Arqam

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. It would be better if you would send me a detailed history. Primolute N is actually used for delaying periods. It leads to withdrawal bleed but you have taken it as an emergency contraceptive pill actually. You got a withdrawal bleed as well although medicine was not ta...  Read Full »

After taking Unwanted 72, I have not got withdrawal bleeding. What to do?

Query: Hi doctor, I had unprotected sex last week, and within three hours, I took Unwanted 72. It was the 11th day of my period. I usually have a 28 to 30 days cycle. Even after five days, I do not have a sign of withdrawal bleeding. What should I have to do if I do not get withdrawal bleeding?  Read Full »


Dr. Uzma Arqam

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. If you have taken Unwanted 72 (Levonorgestrel) within 48 to 72 hours of unprotected sex, with a proper dosage without vomiting, then you can have bleeding within one to two weeks. If these requirements are fulfilled, then there is no need to worry, and you can wait for ...  Read Full »

I bled heavily with clots and feel nauseous. Is this due to miscarriage or Plan B pills?

Query: Hello doctor, I am not sure if I have a miscarriage, but I had sex a week ago. But I just finished my period a day before I had sex. I have a heavy flow, blood clot, and feel nausea. I am not sure if it was due to Plan B I took within 24 hours of having unprotected sex that cause irregular flow. Bu...  Read Full »


Dr. Sravanthi Nuthalapati

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Plan B constitutes high dose progesterone hormones, so it can cause symptoms like nausea and vomiting as a side effect and also at times can cause delayed cycles or sudden withdrawal bleed after a few days of taking it. So most like this could be a withdrawal bleed o...  Read Full »

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