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why am I bleeding while on the pill?

By Anonymous July 29, 2009 - 11:42am
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I've been taking Yaz birth control for a couple of years now and never ever miss a pill. I take one every night at the same time before I go to bed. Well, I'm in the middle of a pack right now and my period just started. I don't understand why. It's another 10 days or so before I take the white pills, when I'm supposed to start my period. Does anyone know why I'm off schedule? I thought that when you take the pill, you can't have a period until you take the placebo/white pills. The only thing that's different about me is that lately I've been taking prescription-strength pain killers for a migraine, but other than that, there's been no changes. I appreciate your help!

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I have been on some pretty strong pain medication that I can't take when I need to drive. It does say in the information sheet that it can make the pill less effective. But I didn't expect that it would cause my period to start in the middle of my pack of pills. My bleeding is no different (no lighter) than when I normally have a period. I'm just wondering what this means. I guess I'll have another period in about 10 days when I take the white pills. That's kind of a pain. I guess I need to use extra contraception now too, but I wonder for how long? Thanks for your help!

July 30, 2009 - 4:06pm

Medication can throw off hormonal contraception, so that could be a possible reason.

Women taking hormonal contraception can have something called "breakthrough bleeding", which is basically bleeding in between periods. Breakthrough bleeding is usually different from a period (shorter in length and not as heavy)...is this what you are experiencing?

July 30, 2009 - 11:48am
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