Break-through Bleeding

This refers to any spotting or bleeding that occurs between menstrual cycles and whilst pregnant.

Break-through Bleeding

This refers to any spotting or bleeding that occurs between menstrual cycles and whilst pregnant.

Possible causes

Generally, though, we use this term to describe break-through bleeding that occurs while on hormonal contraception. It is more common when you miss taking pills or are unwell (vomiting, diarrhea) and the oral hormones are poorly absorbed. It is relatively common in the first six months after a Mirena is placed, or with a copper IUD.

Other causes include genital tract infections, cervical ectropion, or as part of early pregnancy.

We can help

If you are experiencing breakthrough bleeding and would like to talk to us about how we can help, please feel free to contact us. You can also request an appointment online.

Generally, though, we use this term to describe break-through bleeding that occurs while on hormonal contraception. It is more common when you miss taking pills or are unwell (vomiting, diarrhea) and the oral hormones are poorly absorbed. It is relatively common in the first six months after a Mirena is placed, or with a copper IUD.

Other causes include genital tract infections, cervical ectropion, or as part of early pregnancy.

If you are experiencing breakthrough bleeding and would like to talk to us about how we can help, please feel free to contact us. You can also request an appointment online.

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