Theoretically how soon should your period (withdrawal bleed) start after discontinuing the Oral contraceptive? What are the possible factors that could cause a delay in onset?Thursday, September 18th, 2008
Theoretically the withdrawal bleed should commence after 3-5 days. Delay in onset is usually due to the fact that one has recruited a follicle (breakthrough recruitment) and is left with a functioning corpus luteum cyst that is still producing progesterone, therefore delaying the onset of the period. Alternatively one has to assess the uterine cavity to exclude any underlying problem.
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