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Period right after mikveh on Cerazette

12 June, 2017


Seventeen months after my last birth my period returned. During the 7 clean days I had some spotting that I had to consult with a Yoetzet a few times about because I had never had spotting during the 7 days in 6 years of marriage and one other birth. Once that was resolved and I went to the Mikvah on time I got my period 2 days later. I am taking the mini pill cerazette. Is this normal? Is it reasonable to expect that my cycle will sort itself out soon? I was really not expecting this since I almost always have regular periods and am taking the pill. I suspect that nursing may have something to do with it. Thank you.


Unfortunately it is common to experience irregular bleeding on the minipill. Changes in frequency of nursing can also cause irregular bleeding or spotting. At 17 months postpartum it might make sense to switch from the minipill to the regular (combined) pill, which usually has less staining issues. You can take the regular pill even if you are still breastfeeding, especially with a child this age.

Please see our article on choosing a contraceptive method and speak to your doctor about which option is right for you.


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