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I've been on the birth control pill "Alesse" for a few years now, and on several occasions have continued taking the hormone pills between cycles in order to prevent my period and have had no trouble with doing so. About a month ago I started on "paxil" and at the end of that months cycle continued with my pills to prevent getting my period. I haven't skipped or been more than a few hours late on a single pill throughout my entire cycle and the first 2 weeks of the next, but I've been having breakthrough bleeding. For about a week now I've had extremely light, dark dry bleeding, like I sometimes get the day after the end of my period, only its lasting far longer.

Should I simply continue taking my pills and hope it goes away?
Or allow my period to come now?

I'm not worried about using it as a means of birth control at the moment... The only reason I'm still on it is that I can't be bothered to go off it and eventually have to go back on...

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Am I understanding that you do not take the seven-day-break between pill packs regularly?

if not, that's likely why you're having breakthrough bleeding. And you very much should not be doing that save on rare occasions, unless under the advice of your doctor. There simply isn't long-term testing on doing that to know the side effects and long-term consequences AND most pills have not been designed or tasted for any use besides as directed, with the seven-day off time.

In terms of any interaction that may be happening with your medications, if this happens for another cycle, I'd ring up your doctor/GYN about it.

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