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 used contraceptive pills two months back and got a period-like blood flow five days after withdrawal bleeding. Is it normal?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been diagnosed with PCOD and thyroid disorder, and my hemoglobin level is 8.8 gm/dL. Two months back, I used Intimacy plus 3 contraceptive pills, and withdrawal bleeding started mid-the same month and ended after five days. I stopped using contraceptive pills two days after the bl...  Read Full »


Dr. Natasha Bansal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. According to what you have mentioned, as you have stopped taking the pills, it can lead to irregular bleeding for a few days, and also, as you have a history of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), this can lead to irregular bleeding and cycles. I suggest you not worry ...  Read Full »

I took a tablet Plan B before a month but I get a frequent brown discharge. What is the reason?

Query: Hi doctor,I took a tablet Plan B before a month but I get a frequent brown discharge. What is the reason?  Read Full »


Dr. Richa Agarwal

Answer: Hi,Welcome to icliniq.com.Menstrual irregularities, in your case, could be due to hormonal imbalance caused by a contraceptive pill. But there is no chance of pregnancy as you took the tablet on time. Take a home urine pregnancy test a week before your missed period date.  Read Full »

Before a week, I took a contraceptive pill within 72 hours after having unprotected sex. Yet, I do not have bleeding even after nine days. What is the reason?

Query: Hi doctor,Before a week, I took a tablet Unwanted-72 within 72 hours after having unprotected sex. I do not have bleeding even after nine days. My last period was before a month. Please help.  Read Full »


Dr. Richa Agarwal

Answer: Hi,Welcome to icliniq.com.Menstrual irregularities, in your case, could be due to hormonal imbalance caused by a contraceptive pill. But there is no chance of pregnancy as you took the tablet on time. Take a home urine pregnancy test a week before your missed period date.  Read Full »

Is my bleeding after 15 days, due to Unwanted-72?

Query: Hello doctor, After taking a tablet of Unwanted-72 15 days back, I have been bleeding for three days. Today is the fourth day, and I have mild back pain and cramps in my thighs. Kindly help.   Read Full »


Dr. Reetika Joshi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern and would be happy to help. I have gone through the details presented by you (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). Unwanted-72 (Levonorgestrel) and other emergency contraceptive pills are hormone-based and have a side effec...  Read Full »

I had unprotected sex a few days before ovulation. I took plan B within 24 hours but got my period six days later. What is the reason?

Query: Hi doctor,Three months back, I had unprotected sex a few days before ovulation. I took Plan B within 24 hours but got my period six days later. It lasted for seven days. In the next month, my period was delayed by eleven days. Is it because of Plan B?  Read Full »


Dr. Reetika Joshi

Answer: Hi,Welcome to icliniq.com.Plan B is a hormone-based pill that delays periods in some females. You experienced bleeding five days after withdrawal of the dose. If you have taken the dose in the first half of your period cycle, you should calculate your next date from the withdrawal bleeding day. Prov...  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 »

I had a contraceptive pill within 26 hours after unprotected sex on the 14th day of my cycle. Will withdrawal bleeding happen?

Query: Hi doctor, I have had unprotected sex, but not sure if he had ejaculated or not. He did not ejaculate. I have had an i-pill within 26 hours and the 14th day of my cycle. Will withdrawal bleeding happen? Please suggest.  Read Full »


Dr. Natasha Bansal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Do not worry; if you have taken the i-pill, then the chances of pregnancy are almost nill. Withdrawal bleeding usually does not occur after an i-pill. So just wait for your normal periods. And periods can be delayed for 1 to 2 cycles due to i-pill, so do not take stre...  Read Full »

Why do I have light bleeding with abdominal pain after taking an I-pill after unprotected sex?

Query: Hello doctor, I had my periods three and a half weeks back and had unprotected sex two weeks back. I also took an I-pill after sex. I have had light bleeding for a day with abdominal pain. Is this normal? For how many days will it continue? What should I do next if it does not stop? Kindly advise. T...  Read Full »


Dr. Abhilasha A

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. It is called withdrawal bleeding and is occurring due to the tablet I-pill (Levonorgestrel). The bleeding will eventually stop like your regular cycles or might take a few more days. You can wait for seven days and get back to me if it does...  Read Full »

My girlfriend took an emergency contraceptive pill due to a broken condom incident, and since then, she has had withdrawal bleeding. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, My partner and I had sex nine days ago. The condom slipped, but its opening was outside and I removed it carefully. But, just to be sure, she had Unwanted-72 immediately after. Today, she had period-like bleeding. Is it a side effect of Unwanted-72 or was it something else?  Read Full »


Dr. Neha Singh Rathod

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. This could be because of hormonal changes due to the pill you have taken. It is a withdrawal bleeding and there is nothing to worry about. So, relax and do not worry. However, if you have a doubt then get back to me. Take care. For more information consult an obstetric...  Read Full »

Can bleeding after seven days of taking Unwanted 72 indicate early pregnancy?

Query: Hello doctor, My fiancee is a 28 year old and weighs 43 kg. We had unprotected sex on the 10th day of her menstrual cycle, and I am sure I did not ejaculate. But, I am worried about her getting pregnant. She took Unwanted 72 tablet 12 hours later. A week later, she had cramps and menses-like bl...  Read Full »


Dr. Sameer Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. If she had withdrawal bleeding seven days after taking Unwanted 72, which lasted for three days, then she is unlikely to be pregnant. The pregnancy can be conclusively ruled out with a serum beta hCG test, as home pregnancy test may provide false negative results. If ...  Read Full »

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