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have you tried different pills over this time frame of spotting?
No, I have been on the same pill since my son's birth four years ago.
which one is it..and you say quite a long time...how long are we talking about?
Sprintec... I have noticed it for at least a year and a half but only started tracking exactly when it is happening for the past 6 months or so after talking to my doctor about taking the pill more regulary.
usually..the basic rule is..spotting early in the cycle (on a pill) the estrogen component isn't strong enough and late in the cycle the progesterone component isn't strong enough
Now, it's unlikely to be a significant problem...
but normally in this type of case I would start with making sure the timing was good..which it sounds like you have been doing that
and next, an ultrasound to check for polyps and fibroids.
possibly a biopsy of the uterine lining just to be sure this isn't anything to be concerned about.
then...assuming the testing was all normal, try switching to a different pill that will control this bleeding.
I am actually planning on going off the pill, my husband is getting a vasectomy. Should I see my doctor about it soon or should I see if it changes while off the pill? Since the bleeding is at a consistent time each month does that lower the probability that it is something more serious?
yes..I think that's a safe assumption and is probably due to the pill just not working for you..
because the bleeding can be a bit worse after stopping the pill (at least temporarily) I'd probably bring it up to your doctor and discuss waiting and seeing or proceeding with the testing.
me personally...I'd probably at least get the ultrasound.
Ok, thank you so much! I think I need to stop looking up info on the internet when I have a question, it gets me too paranoid. :) This is much more helpful!
it's normal as humans to think worst case...and when you start reading about it on the internet it can be very scarry.