Myth 9: A Pill Bleed is a Real Bleed

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The myth: The pill bleed is a real bleed.

The truth: No. The bleeding you have on your pill isn’t a real period at all.

A real bleed, or a true menstruation, is one that follows ovulation.

Since the pill, on the other hand, prevents you from ovulating, you’re not having a true menstruation.

So the bleed you experience during the break from pills is actually a “withdrawal bleed”.

This has little relation to true menstruation and this is why it might be lighter, shorter, and less painful.

Worse yet, if you’re taking the pill to reduce heavy, painful menstruation, you’re really just masking the problem, not fixing it.

See you tomorrow for another birth control pill myth!

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