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Bun Bun
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I've been on the pill for 5 or 6 months now. It's been working great, but lately I've noticed that my withdrawl bleeds are getting significantly lighter. I'm on the second day of my withdrawl bleed this month (5th day of sugar pills) and it's almost already gone. It was pretty light yesterday, and it's all been old, brown blood (maybe a bit of burgandy mixed in but I only noticed it when I had sex). I've had the same amount of cramping as I've always had.

Everything seems to be in order except for how light my periods are becoming. Is this anything to worry about? Also, is there a chance I will regain my old heavier periods? I've always liked the security of knowing FOR SURE that I'm not pregnant.

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One of the ways the pill works is by limiting the amount of lining that gets built up in the uterus. The less lining you have, the less there is to shed, cause a lighter withdrawal bleed.

For some women, the longer they stay on their chosen hormonal nethod, the lighter their bleeds get until they no longer really have withdrawal bleeds (just because there is nothing to shed, or not a quantity sufficient enough to notice). But you can never really tell if that will happen to you or not. There is also no way of knowing if you will eventually get your old periods back after you stop taking your pills.

If it gets to the point where you are no longer having a withdrawal bleed, ou always have to option of taking a pregnancy test each month. Or you can always talk to your doctor about switching methods.

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Thanks!

With regards to switching methods, do you mean a different form of birth control, or a different dosage of the pill?

I'm hoping that it's the latter because I quite like the security of the pill and the regular periods that accompany it (without it, I have an INSANE cycle).

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You could try a different dosage, and see how that works for you. If that doesn't work, there are other hormonal methods like the ring or patch that you could try.

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Alright awesome! Thank you!
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