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new to taking birth control I'm now taking Alesse 21

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I'm new to taking birth control I'm now taking Alesse 21 I'm not taking them to preventing pregnancy just to stop my period for a while when I go on vacation. My doctor has me taking them continually so I don't have a period for about three months. This is my first week taking them and I thought they would make my period shorter but it's been six day and I'm still in my period and I don't know if they are strong enough or if I should just wait it out.

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replied June 23rd, 2013
Birth Control Answer A43964
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The bleeding could be due to hormonal and endometrial changes. If you wish to delay your periods, or skip your periods, you should have considered visiting your doctor/gynecologist and request for prescription of pills for postponement or delay of periods (which can be prescribed if there are no contraindications). These need to be started atleast 5-7 days before your actual expected period date for them to be effective. You will get your periods/withdrawal bleeding within 5-7 days of stopping with taking these pills. Avoid any self-medication. For further evaluation, clarification and assistance to stop the bleeding and regulate your periods, visit your doctor/gynecologist.
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