Step 4: Read and complete the decision guide to learn more about your symptoms.
Bleeding Between Menstrual Periods
Bleeding between periods can be related to hormone medicines used for birth-control. This kind of bleeding is known as "break-through bleeding" and is commonly seen when you first start using birth control medications or have recently switched to a new brand. If you only recently started using this form of birth control, you may need more time to adjust to the hormone medication in your birth control method.
If you miss doses of birth control pills or vary the time of day that you take each pill, you may experience spotting between your periods. This is particularly true for pills containing low estrogen doses. It is also possible for antibiotics or other medications to interact with birth control hormones, causing breakthrough bleeding.
If your bleeding is from your birth control method, your health care provider may be able to help stop your bleeding between periods by changing your prescription.
Before you blame your birth control medicine for your bleeding between periods, there are a few other possible explanations for you to consider.
- Abdomen and Pelvis
- See also
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- Bleeding After Menopause
- Bleeding Between Menstrual Periods
- Blood in the Urine in Women
- Colon Cancer Screening
- Constipation in Adults
- Difficulty Passing Urine
- Frequent Urination in Women
- Heavy Menstrual Periods
- Intestinal Gas Guide
- Loss of Control of Urine in Women
- Lumps or Pain Within the Scrotum
- Missed or Irregular Menstrual Periods
- Nausea and Vomiting
- Never Started Menstrual Periods
- Painful Menstrual Cramps
- Rectal Bleeding
- Rectal Pain or Itching
- Recurring Abdominal Pain
- Understanding New and Severe Abdominal Pain
- Vaginal Discharge, Itching or Irritation
- Vaginal Dryness
- Vaginal Pain or Discomfort
- Vaginal Sores and Lumps
- When Menstrual Periods Stop
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