Hi I have recently got back into the pill after having a break for around 18 months and I had 1 box with 3 packs inside , my first pack was fine and I Am now 6 days into my second pack (as it’s the pill I don’t have a break inbetween) and have bled for the full 6 days , it’s not a full period bleed and is longer then my normal periods so I don’t know why? Would it be wise to just stop and will that stop the bleeding or would I keep bleeding and it maybe be worse ?? I had visited the nurse at my GP practice and was in the room less than 60 seconds so I don’t feel I’ve had the best advice from her just ‘ it will stop at some point just stick with it’ and then a ‘ goodbye ‘ so would be grateful of a second opinion or any similar experiences anyone else has had with the pill. @Dr_Paula
Many thanks for your question - sorry to be slow in replying.
It sounds like you may be on the progestagen only pill? Is this correct? The commonest progestagen only pill contains a hormone called progestagen.
Bleeding patterns on the mini pill are quite variable. . Using a mini-pill containing desogestrel bleeding patterns are like this:
● 5 in 10 women can expect to have no bleeding or infrequent bleeding
● 4 in 10 women can expect to have 3–5 bleeding spotting/episodes in 3 months
● 1 in 10 women can expect >6 bleeding/spotting episodes in 3 months
● 2 in 10 women will experience bleeding/spotting episode lasting >14 days (prolonged
Having said that, in clinic we always say that bleeding in the first 3 months of the pill is probably due to the pill but it is important to exclude other causes, just in case. For this reason we would usually offer a pregnancy test, a check for infection and ask if the person is up to date with their smears.
So, it is probably the pill, but it is worth excluding other things as well.