The pill and 7 day break

Patient: I’ve bin on the pill for 5 months and have missed two 7 day breaks and, now I’m spotting/heavy period while taking the pill still, is this usual? When do I take my 7 day break next and can I take a break now so my period will stop?




Symptoms: Period cramps

Doctor: Hi,Thanks for the query.I understand your concern.While using contraceptive pills, breakthrough bleeding can o ccur due to fluctuations of hormones.Now taking a break cannot control the bleeding.To control the bleeding you can take the support of antifibrinolytic drugs or an additional dose of hormones with your doctor’s advice.Along with them, you have to continue the birth control pills as usual till the completion of the present pack.After completion of present pack take one-week gap and start a new pack.Hope this helps.Take care

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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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