Is Breakthrough Bleeding Normal When I’m On Birth Control?


Breakthrough bleeding is a very common problem that many women deal with, especially when on birth control pills. If you are experiencing this problem don’t feel ashamed or afraid, you’re  not alone. There are many reasons why you may be experiencing breakthrough bleeding.

Sometimes when starting birth control for the first time or switching to a new birth control it takes your body a little while to get use to the hormones, so it self corrects until everything gets in sync. Sometimes it’s caused by not taking your birth control correctly. We all forget to take our pill from time to time. However if you miss enough doses and your body no longer has the hormones needed, you may throw yourself off balance until you start taking your pills on schedule again.

Can The Medication You Take Cause Breakthrough Bleeding?

Another reason that some women have this condition is because of medication that my interfere with their birth control. Sometimes taking antibiotics can effect the way that pill is absorbed in the body, making it less effective. If you are taking an antibiotic you should continue taking it as directed unless your doctor tells you otherwise. There are prescriptions that can change the effectiveness of your birth control, but your doctor should be able to let you know what you can or cannot take when you are prescribed a new medication.

The best way to stay safe is to ALWAYS let your doctor know what medicine you are taking even if it’s over the counter. Smoking is also a cause of this condition. The chemicals in cigarettes can breakup the hormones in birth control making it less effective than it should be. There can also be medical reasons that have nothing to do with what medications you take or smoking, it’s just how your body reacts to the pill. Sometimes it can be a trial and error situation where it just takes finding the right dosage of hormones in a pill to get everything on the right track.

Always Keep The Lines of Communication Open With Your Doctor

No matter what your situation may be, do not be afraid to mention this to your doctor or health care provider because it can be a very simple thing to fix. You just have to be brave enough to be open about what is going on with your body. More than likely one of your girlfriends has experienced this break through bleeding and would be open to talking about it with you. So be open, fix the problem and keep living.