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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Does spotting for the first time mean pregnancy?

Query: Hi doctor, I am on the pill Lo Loestrin, but I have not been consistently taking it. My last period was on the 25th of last month and my average cycle is around 28 days. My husband and I had unprotected sex on 5th and 6th. I noticed some dark brown discharge on my underwear. When I wiped, it was mix...  Read Full »


Dr. Kamalpreet Kaur Nagpal

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The spotting that you are experiencing is probably you have not taken the pill regularly and withdrawal due to that. You had unprotected sex on day 11 and spotting on day 16. I do not think it is implantation bleeding. However, if you are keen to know whether you ...  Read Full »

I missed my period after taking birth control pills. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I missed my period for this month and I am worried. I am currently on birth control (Estarylla pills) and the last week of last month, there were a few days I forgot to take my pills and had to double up for about 3-4 days. After that, I had brown discharge for 4 days a week before my...  Read Full »


Dr. Poonguzhali Liston

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The discharge you saw was breakthrough bleeding. Estarylla or any birth controll pills contain estrogen and progestone which are the hormone that control your menstrual cycle. They have to be taken every day at the same time, 2 doses being 24 hours apart. When a pill...  Read Full »

What are the side effects of Mifepristone?

Query: Hi doctor, Is taking contraceptive pill - Mifepristone after sex safe?  Read Full »


Dr. Sanjay Kumar Bhattacharyya

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Are you asking about contraceptive pill? But, Mifepristone is not a contraceptive pill to be used after sex. It is used for abortion when the age of the fetus is less than 7 weeks. Also, it is used with an additional drug termed Misoprostol. I presume that you are talking...  Read Full »

Will I be able to conceive naturally with PCOS?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 27 years old. I got married before 1.5 years. I have PCOS since I was young. I remember that I had various types of medication as I did not get my periods regularly in the initial stages. My mother had taken me to many doctors, including ayurveda, homeopathy and allopathy. Before 4 y...  Read Full »


Dr. Sameer Kumar

Family Physician, Obstetrician And Gynaecologist, Infertility Specialist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. It is good that you continued Ginette 35 (Cyproterone acetate and Ethinyl estradiol) till date. Your menses would have been regular after being placed on Ginette 35 till date as I presume. If you wish to conceive, then you must stop the pills after completing t...  Read Full »

Why is my period irregular after taking I-pill?

Query: Hi doctor, My regular period comes 24th of every month. I had taken I-pill on the 15 of last month and after that my period came on 24th. Again, I took I-pill on 28th and got period on 5th of this month. Now, again, I am bleeding in a gap of 10 days. Please advise whether it is normal or something s...  Read Full »


Dr. Sameer Kumar

Family Physician, Obstetrician And Gynaecologist, Infertility Specialist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. After taking the second I-pill, the withdrawal bleed started on 5th, which again marked the onset of a fresh cycle. So, the next bleeding could have been due to an early ovulation and possibly an ovulation bleed. Also, sometimes intermenstrual bleeding is common to...  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 »

Why do I find it difficult to lose weight?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 35 year old woman. My height is 5'3" and weight is 147lbs. I do not have a child yet, but will be trying to conceive soon. I am a vegan and eat healthy. I workout five days a week and sometimes will go for a 5 km runs around two to three times a week as well. I went off my birth co...  Read Full »


Dr. Sameer Kumar

Family Physician, Obstetrician And Gynaecologist, Infertility Specialist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through the reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The only evident abnormality is low vitamin D levels, which need to be improved. They do have a role in maintaining a healthy ovulation, follicular growth and also a healthy bone mass m...  Read Full »

What are the causes of bleeding after taking contraceptive pill?

Query: Hi doctor, I had unprotected sex on the fourth day of my periods and I took a contraceptive pill within half an hour. Now, I am bleeding after seven days from the day I had taken the pill. Are there any chances of pregnancy? Please explain me.  Read Full »


Dr. Megha Tuli Gupta

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The extra bleeding could be due to the pill. However, it would depend on the pill you took. If you have taken an emergency contraceptive pill, then yes, that would be the reason of excessive bleeding. However, if you have taken a normal contraceptive pill, then it will ...  Read Full »

I got withdrawal bleeding 10 days after taking i-pill. When will I get my period?

Query: Hello doctor, I took i-pill on 17th of last month and had a withdrawal bleeding on the 27th. When will I get my next period? I again had unprotected sex today. Do I need to take i-pill again or is this safe period? My period cycle is 28-32 days.  Read Full »


Dr. Sravanthi Nuthalapati

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your details. Many times some people do experience some kind of disturbance in menstrual patterns after taking an i-pill. As you got your periods on 27th March which was a withdrawal bleed, ideally speaking you should have been getting it around 2...  Read Full »

Will withdrawal bleeding occur in the form of clots?

Query: Hello doctor, My partner and I had protected sex on the 15th of this month, but I cummed in the condom but kept going. Not taking any chances she took a pill on the 18th. From the next day after taking the pill she had light bleeding in the form of blood clots and also experienced abdominal pain. Th...  Read Full »


Dr. Jimesh H Mavani

General Practitioner, Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. If you had protected sex then she should not be pregnant. Do one urine pregnancy test for confirmation. Abdominal pain can also be due to stomach infection or kidney stones. Do drink more water. Eat healthy and less oily food. If not decreasing then she will require an...  Read Full »

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