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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Is there a chance of being pregnant after getting withdrawal bleeding by Norethisterone tablet?

Query: Hi doctor, I had missed my periods for two months. Five months back, I had unprotected intercourse and got my period after two days. Later missed two consecutive periods in the following two months. I did a urine test in the morning twice in both the month it was negative. In the third month doctor...  Read Full »


Dr. Radha P H

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. There is no chance of you becoming pregnant this time because the day you had SRC (sexual relationship) is not your ovulation time. Moreover, I think you have to check your hormones, especially the thyroid, as it may make your periods irregular. Also, there is one condi...  Read Full »

Once the contraceptive pill is taken, after how many days will withdrawal bleeding occur?

Query: Hi doctor, My girlfriend is 21 years old and she had her periods 23 days back. We had intercourse 12 days back. She took an I-pill within three hours of sex. She had bleeding. We could not guess anything whether it was a withdrawal bleeding or something else. It happened for five days. She has a ...  Read Full »


Dr. Lorena Zijaj

Answer: Hi,Welcome to icliniq.com.Bleeding occurs due to high levels of progesterone present in I-pill (Levonorgestrel). So it has caused withdrawal bleeding and it shows that the pill has worked. The date of the next menstrual cycle will change. Her menstruation will come later this month. But it is quite ...  Read Full »

Is it normal not to have a withdrawal bleed on Unwanted 72?

Query: Hello doctor,I had my periods a month back, after which we had unprotected sex a week later, and I had Unwanted 72 within an hour. After that, on the 5th of this month, I started bleeding. Now when will I get my periods again?  Read Full »


Dr. Reetika Joshi

Answer: Hello,Welcome to icliniq.com.I would request to share the following details for better consultation. The date of the last menstrual period prior to bleeding on the 5th of this month? How was the flow during the bleeding on the 5th of this month, and for how many days? Is there any history of irregul...  Read Full »

Is bleeding after taking I-pill the regular menstrual bleeding?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 25-year-old female. I had my periods on the 2nd of this month, then had unprotected sex on the 10th of this month, and took an I-pill on the same day. Since the 18th of this month (2 days), I have been bleeding but not so much as I do in my periods and had abdominal cramps too....  Read Full »


Dr. Poonguzhali Liston

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Mild bleeding or spotting after intake of I-pill is a side effect. This may be accompanied by abdominal cramps, bloating, and nausea, similar to symptoms seen during the menstrual cycle. Do not worry, and this will only occur during this cycle. Your regular periods w...  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

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 »

How to differentiate implantation bleeding from regular menstrual bleeding?

Query: Hello doctor, My partner and I had foreplay. It was the last day of her period. She was wearing a pad that covered the vagina completely. Firstly I do not think the precum can go through the pad and then to the vagina. Secondly, I cleaned all the precum spread very much above the pad. But for safe...  Read Full »


Dr. Ratul Khawash

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Let me assure you that by the description you gave, it is unlikely that she has conceived from that incident. You did not ejaculate inside, only had precum outside the pad; it was the last day of her period, and above that, she had an emergency contraceptive; all these...  Read Full »

Is it good to take Yasmin with antihypertensive drugs to prevent pregnancy?

Query: Hi doctor, I am taking Yasmin for a long time. I usually never miss any pills. I got my period on the fourth day of taking the last pill and I started taking a new pack on the same day without waiting for seven days. I got spotting till ten days of the period. I also had dizziness on the seventh da...  Read Full »


Dr. Sameer Kumar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The chances of getting pregnant after having sex on the seventh day of the last menstrual period are impossible. You were on Yasmin (Estrogen and Progestin) and you had bleeding with continual endometrial shedding, so the chances of implantation are negligible. Also, yo...  Read Full »

Does Primolut-N and I-pill, when taken together, delay periods?

Query: Hi doctor,I took Primolut-N for six days as I was going out for the vacation. My boyfriend fingered me and before that he touched his penis. So, we got tensed regarding pregnant. I took an I-pill also within 72 hours. But, I did not get my regular period this time. Am I pregnant?  Read Full »


Dr. Sameer Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome back to icliniq.com. By taking an I-pill (emergency contraceptive pill - a high dose progesterone), you have further delayed your menses. Otherwise, it would have started within five to eight days after finishing Primolut-N (Norethisterone). Now, you may have to wait another 7 to 10 d...  Read Full »

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

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

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 »

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