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Question: Abnormally Spotting (light pink periods)

 ChristinaEW - Fri Mar 21, 2008 12:29 pm

I have been taking Orthro Tri Cyclin Lo since June 2007 and have never had a problem with my periods. I am normally very very heavy ( I have to wear a pad and a super tampon) with bright red blood when I get my periods.

This is the thrid month in a row where my periods have been either 4 to 7 days late (I am never late-I have taken pregnancy tests as precausionary and all come back negitive.) also once I do start bleeding its been very very light (very light pink) and I spot all day and bleed for approx. 20mins all together. I only spot for 3 or four days and then my period ends.

I normally only get cramps the day before my period starts and thats it and they don't hurt, however I have been getting very bad cramps every day that I spot and they are quite painful at times.

This is very abnormal for me since as I stated usually have very heavy periods.

What could cause this and is it something I need to worry about?
 Debbie Miller, RN - Fri Jul 11, 2008 1:11 pm

User avatar Hello,
I suspect your body has adjusted to this hormonal therapy with a reduced period. This is a common side effect of oral contraceptives. I'm not sure why it didn't affect you this way to begin with but it certainly is not alarming.

Best wishes.

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