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On the pill but my period hasn't stopped

By Anonymous July 15, 2015 - 6:05am
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I have been taking the pill for approx 8yrs and have been on a few different types.. I recently had my period as normal but noticed towards the end of my period a few unusual clots.. Now it's been 5 days since my period should of stopped but I am still bleeding .. I've been taking the pill as normal... Why is this happening? How do I stop it?

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Hello Anonymous,

Welcome to EmpowHER and thank you for reaching out to us for advise regarding the prolonged bleeding.

Have you reported this to your gynecologist? If not, please do so today.

Have you started taking the active pills? If so, I am concerned why you continue to have withdrawal bleeding.

As you know, with oral contraceptives, you really don't have a period but rather withdrawal bleeding caused by the decrease in hormone levels triggered by the inactive pills.

A search to find some information for you, led me to an article written by Sarina Schrager M.D., University of Wisconsin Medical School, Madison, Wisconsin. She wrote "The evaluation of abnormal uterine bleeding in women who are using hormonal contraception includes an assessment of compliance, a thorough history and complete physical examination to exclude organic causes of bleeding, and a targeted laboratory evaluation. "

Please keep us updated once you have spoken with your physician.


July 15, 2015 - 8:09am
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Anonymous (reply to Maryann Gromisch RN)

Thank you,

Yes I have being taking active pills for 5 days , this is why I am quiet concerned, I have been to a GP and have been referred to get a blood test n ultrasound.

Could it be due to stress? That what I was hoping lol

I'll keep you posted.

Thanks Maryann

July 15, 2015 - 2:16pm
Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hi Anonymous,

This is one situation that I don't think you can blame on stress.


July 16, 2015 - 8:12am
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