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Chronic spotting on bc pills

I have a frustrating problem with birth control pills. Most seem to work great for anywhere from 4 to 9 months, then I start having problems with spotting/breakthrough bleeding. It ALWAYS starts on about the same day each cycle - regardless of the pill I'm taking - and it's day 12 (I'm counting from the first "active" pill at the beginning of the pack). The spotting sometimes lasts for 3 or 4 days and sometimes lasts from day 12 all the way up to the time I have my period. Not fun. I feel like I have about a week and a half each month of "no period" and then "period" the entire rest of the time. I went off the pills for about 4 months a year ago and had no problems. I resumed my very normal period that I always had off of birth control with no spotting between periods. After the 4 months, I tried a new pill and had the same results - 6 months of happiness, and then utter disappointment when the spotting started up again. Dr. checkup and blood tests revealed nothing out of the ordinary. These are the pills I've tried:

Ortho Tri-cyclen
Ortho Tri-cyclen LO
Apri (generic for Desogen)
Microgestin Fe 1.5/30 (generic for Loestrin Fe 1.5/30)

I'm looking for advice on new pills to try that maybe "target" people who have problems with bleeding between periods. I really feel like I just need to find the right "mix". Also, if there are any kinds of vitamin supplements that might reduce this problem, I'd be interested in hearing about those too!! I really appreciate any feedback on this. This has been a real roller coaster and I tend to get really depressed about this - I feel like it's killing my relationship with the man I love. Thank you, thank you, thank you for any help you can give!

P.S. The problem is definitely not irregular pill use. I am very, very, very cautious and ALWAYS take the pill at exactly the same time every day - so I know that isn't the problem.
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replied June 5th, 2008
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Unfortunately, sometimes these issues happen to women, and we just do not know why Sad

Realistically, it is not dangerous or nasty to have sex while on your period, unless you personally have a serious problem with it.

NUVA RING may be a choice to try. Breakthrough bleeding on Nuva ring has been very good for women who have had problems in the past.
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replied June 5th, 2008
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I was gonna suggest Ortho-tri cyclen, I thought that the tri-phasic pills were supposed to be better for breakthrough bleeding, but you already tried that.

you could try an IUD or something similar that doesn't control your periods, so your body could continue it's natural (regular) rhythm.
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