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bb726
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So, I posted a topic about this yesterday but the situation has gotten worse. I started a new pack of pills a week ago and started spotting on day four since yesterday, I've started bleeding heavily (comparable to a normal period). I called my doctor today but she was out of the office. I'm kind of starting to freak out. Is the bleeding going to continue for the rest of the month? I don't know if I can handle a three week period. Should I be concerned since I just had a period the week before last? I don't know what to do; I'm completely miserable. [Frown]

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If, by all means, you are having period-level bleeding for three weeks that is something that your doctor should evaluate ASAP.

Has it been that kind of bleeding? If so, for how long? If not, what kind of bleeding has it been and for how long?

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Well I had my "withdraw" period the week before last. Then I started my new pack of pills and started spotting, so light bleeding, 4 days into the pack. The light bleeding progressed to a full blown period like bleed and has been going on for three days like that.
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But this is a new pill for you, right?

Just to be sure, both you are your partner are up-to-date with your STI screenings?

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This is a new pill; but I never experienced breakthrough bleeding with my old one. Also, I was just concerned because it's so early in the pack.

We were both each other's first and although we've only started being sexually active in the past few months, we haven't seen anyone else in the past four years so I'm assuming STIs aren't an issue. And at my last annual my doctor said everything looked normal.

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In general, when you're sexually active, you do want to get screens at least every year. if neither of you ever had any kind of sexual partnership with anyone else, that'd not be important at the gate, but you'd still want to start getting tested after becoming active. If you haven't been looked at per any possible infections since the bleeding, I'd just suggest (as your doctor might) checking again.

But it may just be that this brand causes more breakthrough bleeding for you, and some brands do do that more than others. Even for those that don't, the effects you had with one brand can vary a lot from effects with another.

I'd suggest just calling into your doc when she is back and seeing what she suggests.

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=/ ok thanks for the suggestions. Is there ay reason for me to be concerned about blood loss since I just recently had my actual period and now I'm bleeding again?
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Blood loss isn't a concern unless you're bleeding enough to soak through pads or tampons in about two hours or less. If your bleeding is about the same level as a normal period for you, there really isn't cause for concern about losing too much blood, but you can always ask your doctor when you call back to ask about your pill.

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