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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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 »

On period due date, got light bleeding for two days after taking Ipill. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, We had an unprotected sex on 13th day of her period. She took Ipill 19 to 20 hours after sex. Now on period due date she got light bleeding for two days. According to her, she always gets her bleeding only for two days. 28 days cycle. Before sex she got periods on 21st and after sex ...  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 bleeding could be because of hormonal changes due to the pill you have taken, it is withdrawal bleeding. So relax and do not worry. However, if you have a doubt then...  Read Full »

When will I get withdrawal bleeding after taking Unwanted 72?

Query: Hello doctor, There is no withdrawal bleeding after Unwanted 72. Period date: 4th of this month, sex date: 16th and tablet intake: 17th of this month. When will I get my period or withdrawal bleeding and when to have home pregnancy test?  Read Full »


Dr. Nadia Khan

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. It is not always necessary to have withdrawl bleeding after taking Unwanted pill. Some women do not experience that. You should wait for your regular cycle date which might also get a little bit delayed due to intake of pill and if you missed your periods only then yo...  Read Full »

Is it dangerous to take Unwanted 72 without any reason?

Query: Hello doctor, What will happen if someone eats Unwanted 72 without any reason? Will there be any withdrawal bleeding or not?. And what will be the situation of menses?  Read Full »


Dr. Nadia Khan

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Unwanted 72 results in delayed or earlier periods, and also may result in withdrawal bleeding and nothing harmful will happen if someone takes it for no reason. Hope it has helped you. If you require any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact me.  Read Full »

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