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Is this normal??? Help please!

By Anonymous May 19, 2009 - 3:00pm
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I have recently come off the Cerazette contraceptive pill and had a period within the first 2 weeks. Although, within another 12 days after finishing an extremely heavy period, i have had another. Is this normal??

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Hi Anon

Thank you for your question!

Birth control pills have the wonderful effect of regular periods. When some women come off them, they find it takes several months to get into a regular monthly cycle. Others who have been on birth control for years and years come off it to find that they have irregular periods all the time, unless they are on the Pill.

You may be one of those women.

If you find that this continues for more than three months, you may need to see a health care professional. If bleeding becomes even more frequent, call straight away.

Also, please make sure you are eating iron rich foods or taking iron supplements until you figure out why you are bleeding so much, so that you don't become anemic.

Her is some information about iron and iron rich foods from EmpowHer's Her Writer, Dr. Carrie Jones -

"There are two types of iron sources called “heme” and “non-heme” that are utilized by your body. The heme-sources of iron are animal derived and easily absorbed by your body (some say as much as 40%). Non-heme sources are plant and grain derived and is only absorbed up to 8% depending on your digestion.

Here are some examples of heme sources of iron:
Egg yolks

Here are some sources of non-heme iron:
Red kidney beans
Black eyed peas
Dry cereals with iron added (read the label)
Prunes and prune juice
Collard greens

There is very little to no iron in dairy products such as milk, yogurt, ice cream and cheese. When eating your iron-rich foods (or if you take an iron supplement) make sure you get a little Vitamin C too. Iron absorbs better with Vitamin C."

Anon, may I ask why you decided to come off the mini-Pill? Were you experiencing side effects or do you wish to become pregnant?

May 20, 2009 - 1:32pm
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