Long period


I started taking the combined pill on the first day of my period and now I’ve been on my period for 15 days. Is this normal?


Hi @Jamzy
You can get irregular bleeding in the first few months of taking the combined pill. What you might be experiencing is your period followed by irregular bleeding caused by the pill.

The standard advice for anyone with irregular bleeding in the first 3 months of taking the pill - and this is common - is to check for other obvious causes of bleeding - just to make sure that there is nothing else going on.

Checking for other causes of bleeding would normally mean doing an STI test, doing a pregnancy test and making sure that you are up to date with your cervical smear test (if you are over 24). If all these things are OK then we would normally advise continuing on the pill. It should settle with time.

Hope this is helpful.