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mmiiaa
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Hi there,

I've been on LoEstrin 24 for almost 7 months now, with no breakthrough bleeding. Ever. Unless I forgot to take a pill. But now, all of a sudden, I'm getting breakthrough bleeding. Which concerns me.. Does that mean I have to change brands? Or go up the dose?

I'm really afraid that I have to, but I love how this brand has helped my skin and it's a low dose, so I have minimum side effects. Do I have to forego that for this breakthrough bleeding? It's mostly annoying but sometimes it can get pretty heavy.

I thought breakthrough bleeding was a thing that occurred mainly the early months of taking the pill. Also, how long should I wait for this breakthrough bleeding to last before talking to my OBGYN?

Thank you so much.

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Breakthrough bleeding can happen anytime. It's not really a big deal, and as long as you have been taking all of your pills on time and as directed, you do not need to worry about a lowered effectiveness.

If this breakthrough bleeding goes on for a while and/or gets really heavy, it's worth mentioning to your gynecologist. But short of that, it's not a big deal and does not mean that you have to switch brands.

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mmiiaa
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Thank you for that!
I did call my OBGYN today, and the nurse said--get this--that since it was middle of the back bleeding, my hormone levels might've been fluctuated and I MIGHT have ovulated.

THE HECK.

This pill does not work too well?!

She also said it just happens sometimes, but it's weird that it just started now after so long. If it lasts longer, I have to get checked for polyps [Frown]

I'm hoping this is just a "it just happens" option she (and you) were talking about and that I'm not ovulating. That would mean I need a higher dose? (I'm on 20 mcg now.)

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The pill is designed to, among other things, prevent ovulation. ALL brands of the pill do this, regardless of the amount of the various hormones in them. So if you had ovulated, it would not mean that the pill dose is too low. Ovulation isn't really very likely unless you missed some pills.

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