Consistent daily bleeding on POP


#1

Hi,

Have just started my third month of the POP. took the first tablet on the first day of my period two months ago and have been bleeding every day since. I wear a Cup so i know that I’m bleeding around 5ml each day +its dark brown/black in colour (my old periods were 3 days of 20-25 ml every six hours and then 20ml each day for four days) so the current situation is an improvement, however I’m wondering if this constant bleeding is something to be concerned about.

@Dr_Paula
many thanks!


#2

Hello @anya

Thanks for your question.

Bleeding on the progestagen only pill is common - here are the stats:

● 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
bleeding).

It may improve with time but also it may not.

It is important to rule out other causes of bleeding e.g. by doing a sexual health screen and a pregnancy test and making sure that you are up to date with your smear tests - this might need a visit to your GP or local sexual health clinic.

You can also think about changing method - you can compare methods here https://sh24.org.uk/contraception/compare?

Hope helpful

Paula