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 had light bleeding and vaginal discharge two days after taking the contraceptive pill. Is it a sign of pregnancy?

Query: Hello doctor, I had unprotected sex in the middle of this month, four days before having my expected periods. I took the contraceptive pill within 12 hours. Two days after, I started bleeding, which was one day before my expected period day. My bleeding was not that heavy; later that day, my ble...  Read Full »


Dr. Richa Agarwal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. As your periods are regular, there is no chance of pregnancy in your case. Withdrawal bleeding is only a side effect of contraceptive pills, which happens due to the sudden withdrawal of hormones from the body, so it does not necessarily hap...  Read Full »

Can I get pregnant even after taking an emergency contraceptive pill within 72 hours of unprotected intercourse?

Query: Hi doctor, I had intercourse with my boyfriend end of last month, took an Unwanted 72 tablet within 72 hours, and had intercourse again before taking the unwanted 72 tablets. I got light bleeding in the beginning of this month that lasted for four days. I doubted pregnancy and did the at-home pregna...  Read Full »


Dr. Richa Agarwal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your history and understand your concerns. You may have menstrual irregularities which could be caused due to hormonal imbalances caused by the pill. As you took the pill on time that is within 24 hours, there is almost no chance of pregnancy in you...  Read Full »

I have normal to heavy bleeding on my placebo week of combined birth control pills. What does that indicate?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had slight nausea and increased salivation over a month. I thought it was pregnancy, so I did a pregnancy test, and it was negative. I then got my period on the placebo week. Now I have random pain in my breasts. Why? I have normal to heavy bleeding on my placebo week of combi...  Read Full »


Dr. Priyadarshini Tripathy

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and understand your concern. If you are having normal to heavy bleeding on the placebo week of combined birth control pills, you have withdrawal bleeding and are not pregnant, provided you did not skip any pill. Nausea and dry mouth are quite...  Read Full »

What are the chances of getting pregnant after taking Unwanted 72?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 22 years old and I had sex a week back. My partner ejaculated outside the vagina and I took unwanted 72 the other day. Is there any chance of getting pregnant?  Read Full »


Dr. Richa Agarwal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your history and understand your concern. As you took Ipill on time, there is no chance of pregnancy in your case. Delayed menses can be due to hormonal imbalance caused by Ipill. Get your home urine test if you missed your period by seven days.  Read Full »

How do I avoid withdrawal bleeding while taking Larin Fe?

Query: Hi doctor, I am taking Larin Fe as a birth control pill. It is a combined monophasic pill with three weeks of active pills and one week of inactive pills. I currently started pill packs a week back but wanted to change it to a weekend to avoid weekend withdrawal bleeding. How can I do so without lo...  Read Full »


Dr. Eeshani Dutta

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You can stop the active pill on Wednesday instead. Take placebo pill on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and start a new pack from Sunday. The plan of preponding periods is bewildering to the body. It might take you a few (2 to 3) cycles to tune your periods in a new cycle. R...  Read Full »

When to expect periods after bleeding due to Unwanted 72?

Query: Hello doctor, I had sex with my fiancee on 21st and as a precaution, I gave her Unwanted 72 on 23rd. She got little bleeding which was thick on 4th and it continued till 8th. Now, she was expecting period again on the 4th this month, but it did not come, and therefore she took a pregnancy test on 7t...  Read Full »


Dr. Neha Singh Rathod

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Since you have taken the emergency pill within 72 hours of intercourse there is no chance of pregnancy. Also, you say that you had withdrawal bleeding after taking the pill. So, relax and do not worry. The delay could be because of hormonal changes due to the pill you ...  Read Full »

Is withdrawal bleeding after taking the Unwanted-72 pill is a sign of periods or not?

Query: Hi doctor, I had oral sex with my partner, but not sure whether I fingered her with my semen hands or not. So she took the tablet Unwanted-72 to be on the safe side. She got her periods within five to six days after taking the pill. Kindly help.  Read Full »


Dr. Reetika Joshi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. Since it was oral sex and then you are worried about pregnancy owing to semen in your hand, let me assure you that there is no chance of pregnancy as per details shared by you. I would like you to share with me the details of her last two menstr...  Read Full »

How can I get my period immediately?

Query: Hello doctor,My period has been delayed for two days. I want to get my period in one day. I am going on a trip, so I want to get my period immediately. How can I get it? Please suggest me any medicine.  Read Full »


Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Hormones are used to delay or prepone menstrual bleeding. Hormones or medicines must start in advance, like a week or six days before. If you are going in one or two days and the due date is also within one or two days, then the hormone might not be as effective as it wo...  Read Full »

Are there specific conditions under which Unwanted 72 can fail?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 22 year old female. I had my periods on the 2nd of this month. I had unprotected sex on the 10th and took a tablet of Unwanted 72 within an hour of having sex. After five days of taking the tablet, I experienced spotting for two days and very light bleeding on the third day. I h...  Read Full »


Dr. Sameer Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The Unwanted 72 has a success rate of 99 %, so the withdrawal bleed that you experienced on the 15th is more likely to be a pill withdrawal rather than an implantation bleed. Another reason being you were on day 9 of your cycle during your act of sexual intimacy ...  Read Full »

Why do I have period-like bleeding and leg pain seven days after I-pill?

Query: Hello doctor, The next day of my period, I had unprotected sex. On the 25th hour, I took I-pill. On the seventh day, I again having my period. And now my legs are tired. I do not know why is this. The doctor please help me. Will I become pregnant?Thank you.  Read Full »


Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Emergency contraceptive pills are hormones and have their side effects as well. One of most common is irregular bleeding. Everyone's body responds differently to hormones, but major effects are the same. Have you any bleeding disorder? Have you been treated for any c...  Read Full »

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