I am 43 years old. I took variations of the same birth control for over 20 years, non stop. My Gynecologist always told me this would not cause any problems. In May of this year, he decided to switch me to sprintec for some reason. Within two weeks I started coughing uncontrollably, and after six weeks was diagnosed with pulmonary embolisms in both lungs. I am no longer taking any birth control. My doctor said the switch was not the cause, but I am convinced that it was. I have no other known risk factors. My question is: since I stopped the birth control, I had one period the following week. It was 2 1/2 months before the next and it has now been another 2 1/2 months with no sign of it coming. I am not pregnant. I had hot flashes and some other minor issues for the first 6 weeks after stopping the pill, but those have ended. Should I be worried? Is this the start of menopause? Or is it just my body taking a long time to get hormones balanced again? I otherwise feel fine. Should I call my doctor?View Thread
well after another 2 1/2 months of waiting, I did have another period - with a vengeance. MUCH heavier than anything I have ever experienced. So now I assume my body just has to figure out what is normal, and I'll just have to be surprised every month for a while until my hormones settle down.View Thread
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