My periods are usually extremely heavy, to the point where I have to be wearing two pads at a time. I normally have a regular 28-30 days cycle, but for the month of August my period came later than usual, however I began taking Minigynon 30 on August 20th. .This was the first time on any birth control. Usually by the third day my period would be flowing heavy. It’s like 3 days of being on the pill as today (August 23rd would make it 4 days), so what I’m asking is if after taking the birth control pills for 3 days, would make my period be lighter so quickly? Like I said, it’s usually heavy by the 3rd day and right now I’m barely spotting. I only felt backaches and slight cramps, which is okay because normally I have terrible cramps. I have been taking the pills for the last 3 days at the exact same time (2:15 PM).
Please answer as soon as possible, I just need to know if this is normal because I can’t really believe my period is this light after only taking the pill for 3 days starting from the very 1st day of my period.
Birth control pills will decrease cramping and pain and the amount of bleeding, but it usually takes several months.
Her reply on 9-6: “Thanks for replying, however, now my period is still on from August 20th and today is September 6th. My period is extremely heavy (have to wear 2 pads now), however, I’m not feeling any pain or any cramps. I do take the Minigynon pill on time. Is this heavy bleeding normal since it is the first time I have taken pills? Should I stop the pills and visit my doctor? Please respond as I am really worried now.”
RAHs reply on 9-7: Heavy bleeding is NOT normal and even though it will over time improve in most women on pills, I would suggest that you see your clinician about his now!
Her reply on 9-7: “Thanks so much for responding. I plan to check with my doctor on Monday, because I’m currently out of town.
About the bleeding a week before my period was due; I wanted it to come before its due time because I had to travel. I was told that I could take lots of vitamin C tablets and drink parsley infusions to allow my period to come sooner than its due time. So, I took like 4-6 (1000mg) of vitamin C tablets per day and drank the parsley in hot water. Yes, I know it was perhaps stupid to do. On top of that, in June of this year I did an abdomen/pelvis ultrasound and I was told I have a 4cm cyst, but everything else was normal. However, I have to do a follow-up sometime in this month of September (3 months time-frame) to ensure the cyst has gone down. So, I was wondering with all of that, plus taking the Minigynon pills caused my period to go haywire or if it’s the cyst causing the heavy bright red period.
I am sexually active, but I’m very careful to use a condom, so I know I’m not pregnant. When I visit my doctor on Monday I will let you know the outcome. I will be glad that I do not have to guess anymore because I was just so afraid to know if it’s something more serious.
Thanks for your time.:
RAH’s reply on 11-26: What is your status today? Please do let us know.
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Key Words: periods, heavy, pads, Minigynon, spotting, cramps, pain, travel, vitamin C, parsley infusions, abdomen/pelvic, ultrasound, cyst, sexually active, condoms, pregnant
Posted 11-4-2012, Updated 11-26-2012