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Bleeding & New Pill

19 September, 2004


I have a really big problem. I had an IUD for a year after my third child was born. I was staining all month long and was a niddah for most of the month. When I was finally able to go to the mikvah I would stain 2-3 days later, rendering me a niddah again! So, I had the IUD removed.

Two weeks ago, I had my period and started taking a pill where you only get your period 4 times a year (Seasonale). My period is over, but am still having intermittent bleeding every day. It is bright RED blood and there is no question I am still a Niddah. I have no idea what to do. This is very frustrating and it just seems like it will never end. What should I do?


It takes time for the body to adjust to any new hormonal regimen. It is therefore not unusual for your cycle to take time to return to normal while you are trying a new method of birth control. It is important that you be aware of the halachot regarding what staining makes you a niddah (please see our article on Ketamim for more information).

It seems from your description that your body may just need time to adjust to the new pills. Remember that the process is a new one, and not connected to your unfortunate experience with the IUD. As frustrating as this process may be, you are now experimenting again with something new which requires new adjustment time, and bearing that in mind may help you get through this difficult period. If the staining does not pass after about two months, make sure to discuss this with your health care provider. Sometimes different formulations will cause less staining, and you may be able to extend your cycle by combining packs of conventional 28-day contraceptive pills.

If you have any follow up questions, please feel free to write again.


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