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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I feel pain in thigh, back and breast after taking Unwanted 72. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, Me and my fiancee had sex. But there was no penetration and no ejaculation. I ejaculated in washroom and wiped myself with a towel but we did again after 10 minutes. This time also there was no ejaculation. We got scared and took Unwanted 72 within 48 hours. After taking pills she sk...  Read Full »


Dr. Sameer Kumar

Family Physician, Obstetrician And Gynaecologist, Infertility Specialist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. As she had the withdrawal bleeding for five days already after taking the pill, it indicates that she is pregnancy safe. But the present breast soreness, low abdominal and backache is due to progesterone effect and is common due to the high dose progesterone. This sh...  Read Full »

After taking I-pill, my withdrawal bleed has not started fully. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, After having I-pill, I had spotting like periods. Then I started having Sysron-N for five days and I completed the course six days back. But, my period has not started yet. Is it normal?  Read Full »


Dr. Sameer Kumar

Family Physician, Obstetrician And Gynaecologist, Infertility Specialist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Generally, after taking Sysron-N (Norethisterone) for five days, one should wait at least 7-10 days for the bleeding to start properly. As you have taken I-pill, there are chances to get delayed periods. Hence, you need to wait for at least a week to allow you...  Read Full »

What are the chances of pregnancy after withdrawal bleeding?

Query: Hello doctor, My fiancee and I had unprotected sex last week, and she took an I-pill within six hours of the intercourse. She got withdrawal bleeding or spotting today. Is there any chance of her getting pregnant? I was just worried. Please respond as soon as possible.  Read Full »


Dr. Deepti Verma

Fetal Medicine Specialist, Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your question and understood the concerns. I-pill when taken within 24 hours of unprotected intercourse, prevents pregnancy in 95 to 98 % cases. She is having withdrawal bleeding due to the hormonal effect of the pill. There is nothing t...  Read Full »

How long does it take for periods to come after withdrawal bleeding?

Query: Hello doctor, I and my friend involved in physical intimacy a few days back and there was no ejeculation and penetration was only for 2 minutes. After that considering precum she took Unwanted 72 within 3 hours. She had bleeding after six days. She has regular cycle of 28 to 30 days and her last pe...  Read Full »


Dr. Sameer Kumar

Family Physician, Obstetrician And Gynaecologist, Infertility Specialist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. As she had a withdrawal bleed post Unwanted 72 intake and also the urine pregnancy test has been negative till date, so pregnancy is ruled out. However, the conclusive test for ruling out pregnancy remains serum beta hCG test which is a blood test. if hCG levels are ...  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 »

Does lactation and typhoid after withdrawal bleeding mean pregnancy?

Query: Hello doctor, I had sex with fiancee a month back. I gave her Unwanted 72 in 48 to 72 hours bracket. She had her periods 10 days back. Today she is experiencing some lactation and also suffering from typhoid. Is she pregnant. What to do?  Read Full »


Dr. Sameer Kumar

Family Physician, Obstetrician And Gynaecologist, Infertility Specialist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. As she had a withdrawal bleed, so chances of pregnancy are minimal. The lactation could be due to high prolactin levels due to hyperprolactinemia which needs to be investigated with serum prolactin levels. However, the best way to rule out pregnancy if you are still ...  Read Full »

How long does it take to get periods after withdrawal bleeding?

Query: Hello doctor,I had my last period on the 30th of last month. I have a 25-day cycle with 5 days of bleeding. I had sex on the 6th of this month. Although we used withdrawal method, I took an ipill within six hours, just as a precaution. I started a light bleed on the 12th of this month until the 20t...  Read Full »


Dr. Neha Singh Rathod

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Since you have taken the emergency contraceptive pill within 72 hours of intercourse, there is no chance of pregnancy. The delay could be due to hormonal changes caused by the pill. And, the spotting which you had was withdrawal bleeding. However, if you are in doubt, ...  Read Full »

I have been taking contraceptive pills without break for three years. Kindly help.

Query: Hi doctor, I have been taking contraceptive pills (Yasmin) without seven days break for over three years now. I have not had my period in more than six months. I did not know about the break. What would be the side effect of doing so? And, should I stop taking it immediately even though I have not ...  Read Full »


Dr. Purushottam Sah

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist, Sexologist, Andrologist, Infertility Specialist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Three years is a bit longer but up to one year without break is often given to treat certain disease like endometriosis. In your case, it may not cause any problems. Only that you may get late periods. You should complete the 21 days and then stop. You may get withdrawa...  Read Full »

I took ECP during withdrawal bleeding. Will it work?

Query: Hello doctor, 1. I took ECP during withdrawal bleeding (as I stopped contraceptives). Will it work? 2. Will this affect my menstrual cycle as I have not got my periods in my due date. I am freaking out. 3. When should I go for pregnancy test to clear my doubt?  Read Full »


Dr. Sree Gouri Sr

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. 1. Usually the possibility of ovulation is less during withdrawal bleeding, so the need for emergency contraception is less. But as you took the pill already, if at all there is any possibility of pregnancy, it can help. 2. Because of high dose of hormone in it, it ...  Read Full »

Took emergency contraceptive pill after sex and had bleeding. Why is the period delayed now?

Query: Hi doctor, My fiancee and I had an unprotected sex two months back, and after 3 to 4 hours, she took an emergency contraceptive. Her last period started three months back, and she took the pill (Unwanted 72) on the sam day after sex in 3 to 4 hours. I did ejaculated outside. After 7 to 8 days of ta...  Read Full »


Dr. Neha Singh Rathod

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Since you have taken emergency pill within 72 hours of intercourse, there is no chance of pregnancy. The delay could be because of hormonal changes due to the pill you have taken. There is nothing to worry about. However, if you have a doubt, then get back to me. Take c...  Read Full »

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