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I turned 49 in July, and have been on continuous (no placebos ever) oral contraceptives since 2001. I've had occasional spotting over the 15 years, but very rarely. I have no idea if the pills have spared me most perimenopause symptoms or if I'm just not there yet. However, since June I've had bleeding (bright red "new" blood rather than dark "old" blood, and heavy for me but I think about average for most) about 1/3 to 1/2 of the time. I've also had that kinda pulling, crampy, heavy feeling along with the bleeding. It's becoming quite annoying given that I'm not sure why it's happening.
Does anyone have experiece with continuous birth control and menopause? Does this seem like a normal occurrence for someone who's been on continuous birth control very long term and who is now approaching permenopause/menopause?
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