Okay, so... today I had breakthrough bleeding after working out and I'm concerned that it might be a sign that my pill isn't working properly. It was just a little bit of bleeding - bright red, but just left a small mark on my underwear and cleared up pretty quickly. I've been on Sronyx for about a year now, before then was on the brand-name version Aviane (same dose and everything) for about a year as well so I know it's not an issue with my pill being new. I've also been taking it just about perfectly this cycle as well as the last several cycles - that is, taking it within the same hour each day (6-7pm). Haven't missed a single one or taken one out of that time frame. Though there were 2 cycles last summer (June-July) when I did miss pills - the first because I forgot my pack at someone's house, missed 2 days, and the second because the pharmacy was out of stock somehow (wasn't sexually active then though). I don't know if exercise can affect bleeding when you're on the pill, but if it matters I have been exercising a lot more. However, I've heard that breakthrough bleeding can be a sign that your pill isn't working as effectively or that it could be a sign of ovulation and I was wondering if that's true? Do I need to use a back-up method/am I at risk for pregnancy?
Thank you so much for your help... I really appreciate it.
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Having some bleeding between withdrawal bleeds is a relatively common side effect of the pill, even when taken properly. If you have been taking it perfectly, I would not worry about pregnancy in this situation or see a need to use back up contraception. If you have done very strenuous exercise or lost weight, this can affect your bleeds. As well, it's worth getting up to date with your STI testing and pap smears. Infections such as chlamydia can sometimes cause vaginal bleeding too.
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