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Shorter Lighter Cycles Since Stopping BC
LadyAma posted:
I'm 30 years old and stopped taking birth control (Ortho Tricycle, not "lo") about 10 months ago; I was on that for 3 years. My cycle prior to BC was VERY regular or at least consistent — 6 to 7 days, cramping the first day, heavier bleeding the first 2 days and 30 day cycles. The 2nd month after stopping the birth control my cycle was about 28 days and the bleeding was relatively light; I had a 3 day period. As the months continued, my cycle became shorter, coming every 24-26 days and the bleeding even lighter, having 1 to 2 day periods. Now in my most recent cycle, I began cramping on day 21 with only noticeable traces of blood when I wipe after using the bathroom, but not period flow. On day 22, I had traces of blood in my underwear but very little. On day 23, I passed 3 small clots when urinating, but still not blood flow. I have had all of the normal symptoms that I see before my period comes: swelling of breasts (that's been very normal for me every cycle since I was 13), increased appetite the week before, etc, but there is no blood flow. Is my body not responding to stopping the birth control? Have my hormones not restored a normal balance? What could be going on? Thank you for any help.
tlkittycat1968 responded:
In rare cases, it can take up to a year for your body to regulate itself after going off birth control. You may be one of those people.

If you're concerned, you can call your doctor.

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