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dancer594
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Hi!
About a month ago, I was prescribed junel fe 1/20 to help regulate my period. I was instructed to start the pills the Sunday following my period... I had some bleeding that wasn't a typical period for me (no cramps, pms, or anything), but the bleeding lasted 5 days like normal... So the following Sunday, I started the bcp. I finished the 2nd week of active pills this morning, and for the past 4-5 days, I've had crazy spotting. It's varied from brown discharge to dark red blood. I know this is a symptom of starting BC. Does anyone have insight as to how to deal w spotting or a way to improve it? The only other side effect I've had on bc is tender/swollen breasts. Thanks in advance for your replies. I'm just frustrated, seeing as I was out on bC to regulate my period and help with spotting that occurred naturally.

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Robin Lee
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There's really no way to stop the spotting. Since you've just started the pill, you'll want to wait a couple of months to see if this side effect subsides. If the spotting continues to be a big problem for you, you can make an appointment with the healthcare provider who prescribed it to talk about your options.

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