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cramping and spotting switching to a lower estrogen pill

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Hi, I noticed that my previous birth control (which I had been on for about a year and a half) was causing me to be excessively emotional. I asked my gynocologist and she said that it was a high estrogen pill (mononessa) and that switching to a pill with lower estrogen would probably help me go back to my old self. I skipped the placebo week in my last pack of mononessa and went straight to the new brand's active pills. I have been on the new pills for about a week now and have had cramping and spotting. Is this normal? Should I expect this to happen on the new pill or could it be that my body is just adjusting to the new levels of estrogen? Also, should I be worried about the effectiveness of this new birth control (in light of my symptoms as well as my skipping the placebo week, though my gyno said that it would be fine)?

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replied April 24th, 2015
Birth Control Answer A51950
Thank you for asking

I read your question and I understand your concern. Variance in bleeding is common and notorious sequelae with these pills. I would strongly advise against skipping the placebo. Your symptoms should resolve on its own in a couple of days. If the problem persists try alternate modes of contraception.

I hope it helps. Consult your doctor as our advice is just for education purposes only.

Take care
Khan


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