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I'm on the pill and have irregular bleeding, why?

By Anonymous August 30, 2014 - 6:29pm
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In October 2010 I had my Mirena IUD removed. I tried to get pregnant for over a year. It didn't happen. During this time my periods were pretty much regular. I went to my doctor in May 2012 and decided to be put back on birth control. I have tried many forms of birth control. My doctor has switched my pills trying to find the right one. None have worked. I am compliant with taking my pill EVERYDAY. I have not missed a dose. But for some reason my periods are very irregular. When I'm taking the pills that are active I'm usually bleeding, and the week I'm supposed to have my period, I don't. Sometimes after sex, the next day I will start bleeding outta the blue again. Like right now I'm on day 9 of my birth control pack and I started bleeding again today. This has been going on the whole time I started back on birth control. I bleed basically 3 weeks outta the month. Sometimes it can be heavy and other times it's not. My Paps have come back normal. I was referred to an OBGYN from my regular doctor and all they told me was that I'm probably not on the right form of birth control. I felt very rushed out of the office. I'm always tired and I have cramps, sometimes they feel like I'm having back labor. I'm done having children. Oh and by the way I have 2 kids now, both where concieved WHILE on birth control. But it seems like ever since the MIrena was taken out I've had issues, (not being able to get pregnant and now bleeding all the time). I'm almost to the point of looking into a hysterectomy or something to stop it all together. I don't know what to do. I'm a smoker and 32 years old. Please help with any advice or options that I may have. This has affected my relationship with my husband and my moodiness is getting worse. Sorry about the long post I'm just looking for answers and possible solutions. Thank you.

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Hi Anon, Thank you for sharing your question with EmpowHER! I'm sorry to hear you are having such irregular periods as well as mood changes with these different kinda of birth control. Typically, the pill can help regulate periods and allow you to be on a cycle where you know when your menstrual cycle will come. While you had your Mirena IUD, did you ever have any abnormal periods? Or has it been just more recently since you got your IUD removed and started the pill? I think the main cause of the irregular periods may be from switching between different types of birth control. Your body may still be trying to adjust itself to a menstrual cycle based off the changes from your birth control. Although a hysterectomy can help with the irregular bleeding because your period would stop, I must want you that a hysterectomy is a very serious procedure that needs a lot of thought beforehand. Having a hysterectomy can change the body's chemistry and your emotions even more. Did you like Mirena while you were on it? If that form of birth control worked, it may be a good idea to talk to your doctor about trying it again. Here is an article on EmpowHER that talks about different birth controls and how to choose the best option for you. https://www.empowher.com/birth-control/content/choosing-right-birth-cont... It may be worth a try to talk to a different OBGYN to get a second opinion from your regular one too. I hope this helped! Please keep me updated and let me know if you have more questions. Best, Erin August 31, 2014 - 3:55pm
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