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Bleeding on the pill - What does it mean?

Dr Louisa Draper

"Some women experience spotting between periods. This is particularly common during the first three months of taking a contraceptive pill, during which your body adjusts to the hormones. "

Dr Louisa Draper

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Many women find that taking a birth control pill makes their periods lighter and reduces period pain. However, the pill can sometimes cause bleeding and spotting between periods. Find out why you experience bleeding on the pill and when to consult your GP.

You should see a doctor about your bleeding if:

  • You are taking a combined contraceptive pill (which contains two hormones) and your periods have stopped completely.

  • You are experiencing unexplained heavy bleeding.

  • You are noticing bleeding during intercourse.

  • You would like to change your contraceptive pill.