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I’m having heavy spotting or breakthrough bleeding, is my birth control working?

As uncomfortable and unwelcome as heavy spotting or breakthrough bleeding is, you don’t need to worry about pregnancy as long as you’re taking your birth control as prescribed. Irregular bleeding typically happens when women are skipping periods or are starting a new type of continuous birth control. The spotting should resolve within a few days, but if it doesn’t, you can stop taking your pills for at least 3-4 days, or until the bleeding/spotting stops, to let your body “reset”. You can then start a new pack and hopefully the spotting issue will be resolved. If you do take a break from the pill, remember to use condoms until you have been back on the pill for 7 straight days. If this is still an issue for you after a couple of cycles/months, please let us know. Our medical team will do their best to find another birth control option for you.

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