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since quitting, I've been bleeding very heavily

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I took my last birth control pill on July 7th, I decided to quit a week into my pack after being on Micronor for a year and a half. It was giving me horrible mood swings and just making me miserable. Before I started Micronor my cycle was regular 3-5 days every 28. After starting Micronor they were 9-10 days every 28 days, then in September 2011 it was 2 weeks late, when I finally got it, my period lasted for a month, then got it again in 3 months(january), my doctor said this was normal with Micronor. My last 'period' started April 21st then ended May 15th, then I started bleeding again May 23rd very lightly, more like spotting, continued spotting until I quit the pill. However, since quitting, I've been bleeding very heavily, is this normal? Also, I'm overweight, if that helps any.

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replied July 31st, 2012
Birth Control Answer A37595
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The bleeding that you describe could be attributed to withdrawal bleeding that occurs after stopping with the pill use. Prolonged and heavy vaginal bleeding is not normal and should not be ignored. Further evaluation must be done to rule out chances of hormonal imbalances, thyroid abnormalities, anemia, bleeding disorder, vitamin deficiencies, endometrial hyperplasia, etc. The exact cause can only be made out after careful evaluation. You should consider visiting your doctor/gynecologist at the earliest for thorough examination and further evaluation to look for the underlying cause for the bleeding that you describe. Treatment as appropriate (based on examination findings and investigations results) would be started to help you to control the bleeding and regulate your periods. Be in regular monitoring and follow-up with your treating doctor/gynecologist and report any new/abnormal symptoms immediately.
Take care.

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