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BC pills for excessive bleeding

02/20/2007

Question:

I was given birth control pills by er Dr. to get excessive bleeding under control. How long should it take for this to help? Will the bleeding stop or simply slow down. No effect yet.

Answer:

Birth control pills are one of a number of hormonal medications that can be used to slow down excessive vaginal bleeding very quickly.  Depending on how many are taken and for what period of time, the bleeding may be expected to slow down or stop completely.

When the pill is taken in its usual one pill per day, 28 pills per pack mode, it is effective in making periods lighter and shorter.  It can take two to three months to see this effect.

If your bleeding is so heavy that it prompted an emergency room visit, and the medication prescribed has not worked to slow it down at all, you need to contact a physician right away for more input.

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Response by:

Jonathan  A Schaffir, MD Jonathan A Schaffir, MD
Clnical Associate Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University