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Breakthrough bleeding in the middle of birth control pack

Patient: I recently was switch from my regular Sprintec birth control to the name brand version, Ortho-cyclen. I was told there would be no transition period and I would not need a back-up method for the first month. I am half way through my first pack of the Ortho-cyclen and I am having breakthrough bleeding and cramps similar to my normal period.Why is this happening?Is the birth control less effective now?Do I need to use a back-up method?

 

 

Symptoms: Breakthrough bleeding and cramps similar to period in the middle of birth control pack

 

 

Doctor: Hello,Thanks for contacting askthedoctor.comA switch to a different brand for the same generic composition ideall y should not cause any break through bleeding , but may sometimes happen and cannot be predicted. The contents of both the brands are the same and and in same hormonal denomination , so its unlikely to make a difference if a switch is prescribed in the middle of the cycle. However it would be a good practice for you to follow the remaining days of the cycle with a back up method like barrier contraception along with the new brand.If at all any discrepancy is noticed in the bleeding pattern , then you may contact your physician to address the issue and if need be switch back to the previous brand again.I hope i have answered your queries in detail,wishing you good health ,regards

 


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Dr. Suneel Sharman M.D.

Dr. Suneel Sharman M.D.

Dr. Suneel Sharman completed his residency in Family Medicine at the University of Toronto. He currently operates Infinity Health Centre, a walk-in-clinic in downtown Toronto.

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