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Old 11-01-2011, 08:02 AM   #1
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Just started Alesse and won't stop bleeding/heavy "spotting"

Hi, I was on ortho tricyclen for over a year (no problems with irregularity before and during) and switched over to alesse 2 weeks ago (the switch is for so I can skip my period due to suspected endometriosis.)

Anyhow, a week into it I missed 2 pills (i don't know how, never did that before) but I made it up by taking 2 pills a day for the next 2 days. I had started spotting right around then and it was just brown and very watered down looking.

I'm now halfway into my 3rd week of the pack and the spotting has come to look like my regular menstrual blood, and the flow has been like it is on the second last day of my period.

I'm not sure if:

A) I should stop taking the pill right now (4 doses early)

B) I should finish the pack and maybe have a normal period (rather than skipping like my gyn suggested) would it even be a normal period?

C) I should do what my gyn instructed and not take a 7 day break

I would ask my gyn but he's a specialist who won't answer questions on the phone and my next appt is on Nov 28th. I am however planning to see my GP this weekend.


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Re: Just started Alesse and won't stop bleeding/heavy "spotting"

It sounds like your body is just adjusting to the new pill right now and since you missed a few and doubled up it confused your system. My suggestion is that you just keep taking it every day like you planned to do, it's not really necessary to take a break. Just know that it might take a few months for your body to adjust.

Whenever you take a pill continuously for any length of time it's possible to have breakthrough bleeding because your body will do what it wants to do and if it wants to bleed it will. Eventually it should taper off and you shouldn't get bleeding as much or at all but the process takes time, it doesn't always happen overnight.

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Thank you! I was leaning towards the same thing but needed some reassurance I'm willing to stick it out for a few months

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