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Experience:  MBBS, MD, MCCM. Currently working in Critical Care Medicine with 10 year experience in Medicine
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I have just switched my mini pill half way through. Before

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I have just switched my mini pill half way through. Before this I was having an irregular period for about 2 weeks. It then stopped and me and my boyfriend were intimate. After when I went to the toilet and saw that I was bleeding again. It has now stopped. Is this normal or is there something wrong with me. I'm a little worried.
JA: Are you in any pain? How regular are your periods?
Customer: I'm in no pain. Before this birth control my periods were very regular
JA: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?
Customer: Low iron in my blood
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Muneeb Ali replied 11 months ago.


Thanks for this question. Can i ask do you have any other symptoms, like abnormal vaginal discharge? Abdominal pain or cramps? Urinary problems like burning etc?

Expert:  Dr. Muneeb Ali replied 11 months ago.

Since you seem to be offline, ill leave a response here which we can discuss later

The first thing is that when you start using minipill as a contraceptive, you can develop irregular menstrual cycles as well as irregular vaginal bleeding which are common side effects of the drugs. This is particularly common during the first three months of taking a contraceptive pill, during which your body adjusts to the hormones. You may also notice this side effect after more than three months of taking the pill. Breakthrough bleeding is more common with minipills, which only contain the hormone progesterone. Minipills are used daily without a break and they contain a lower hormone dose. Some women do not have any bleeding while using a minipill but in some cases, the minipill can cause spotting throughout the month.

If this effect persists for you then you can try using another form of contraception which may not cause the bleeding. Now if you have lower abdominal pain, cramping, abnormal vaginal discharge which is foul smelling or you have urinary symptoms like burning, increased frequency etc then the bleeding can be a sign of an infection in the reproductive tract such as PID or pelvic inflammatory disease. if this is the case then you would need a pelvic examination and a ultrasound for a diagnosis to be made and then you woulod need treatment with antibiotics or antifungals. If you do have these symptoms, then you should have this evaluated by visiting your OB/GYN ASAP. If you dont have these symptoms, then the bleeding is a common side effect of the minpill and would subside in 1-3 months.

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Expert:  Dr. Muneeb Ali replied 11 months ago.

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