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discontinued Loestrin 24 FE. will periods be this heavy?

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I discontinued Loestrin 24 FE (birth control) about 5 weeks ago (May 22). About a week or so later, I began getting breast tenderness which now has resolved (im assuming I was ovulating). I was due to get my period June 8th which I missed. I now have gotten my period (yesterday, June 27th - 5 weeks later), which is definitely heavier than when I was on the pill. When I was taking Loestrin I would have light periods and for about 3 days. I was wondering about how long should I expect to have my period now that I have discontinued the pill? And will it continue to be this heavy?

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replied June 28th, 2012
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You can experience heavy bleeding and period pattern changes after stopping with hormonal birth control pill use. If the bleeding remains heavy or gets worse and if it is associated with presence of blood clots, severe abdominal cramps, increasing intensity of back pain, then chances of miscarriage should be ruled out. Chances of pregnancy are possible if fertility has returned in immediate cycle after stopping the hormonal contraceptive use (if you were sexually active without protection). Visit your doctor/gynecologist at the earliest for thorough examination (to confirm pregnancy related changes/signs in body) and blood/serum HCG level test (to confirm/rule out pregnancy accurately). Ultrasound scan done will also help to see if uterine cavity has products of conception which if found to be present, would require a D&C procedure to clean up the uterine cavity to help stop the bleeding. Be in regular monitoring and follow-up with your treating doctor/gynecologist and report any new/abnormal symptoms immediately. Drink plenty of water. Take adequate rest.
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