Can The Pill Be Making Me Bleed a Lot?

Published: October 31, 2023
Dear TeenHealth FX,
I?ve been taking the pill for about 3 months now and suddenly I bleed whenever I masturbate. It?s usually not a lot but sometimes it is and hurts. Last time I had sex also hurted really really bad.
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Dear Can The Pill Be Making Me Bleed a Lot?,

Unfortunately, cannot diagnose or treat over the internet. Since you mention blood and this occurring around the time you started the pill, we strongly encourage you to seek help from a doctor. A doctor will be able to do an exam to find out what is happening and provide the next steps. 

 A gynecologist (a doctor who specializes in the female reproductive health), specifically, can help give you more information about the pill because everyone’s body can react differently to it, and they can give you more information on the other concerns you mentioned. 

If you need help finding a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health at 973-971-5199 for an appointment with an adolescent medicine specialist. 

Please use the link below to get more general information on the birth control pill:  Birth Control Pill - Kids Health 

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