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Has anyone noticed a difference in their menstrual cycle or breakthrough bleeding while on Wellbutrin? In all my years I have basically never had breakthrough bleeding, and this is the second cycle and I am not due for a week yet this is the second day I have had some scant bleeding and my ovaries hurt. I am getting irritated with this and wish it would stop.....

Has anyone else had this occur?

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I have been on Wellbutrin for about 5 years and have never experienced this.

I hope you can get in to see your doctor about it soon.

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Menstrual complaints is a listed potential side-effect of Wellbutrin. I was affected very hormonaly by WB. I was in peri-menopause when I started on it - hadn't had a period in almost a year - and I mentruated every month I was on WB. When I stopped taking WB, my periods stpped again.

Please discuss it with your doc just to rule out any other possible causes for this change, but I wouldn't be surprised if it's a start-up side-effect. The good news is that these side-effects often lessen over time.

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I just started WB about a month ago and my last period came a week early!! I hadn't considered the fact that the WB was to blame, but I will now go speak to my doc. I didn't know this was a potential side effect. No breakthrough bleeding though, so far.

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I just started WB about a month ago and my last period came a week early!! I hadn't considered the fact that the WB was to blame, but I will now go speak to my doc. I didn't know this was a potential side effect. No breakthrough bleeding though, so far.

Yeah, my period came 5 days late last month. It's just odd. Still a bit of bleeding today. I think it will be okay.....I didn't know this was a potential side effect either!

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Interesting... I read this post yesterday and hadn't experienced this, but alas, today I did! This is the first time I have had spotting...or it could be starting a week ealy, I will have to wait and see. I'm on the pill, though, so I usually gt it on the sugar pills only. I hope its not negating the effects of my pill otherwise, like it not protecting me from pregnancy...I'll have to ask my doc.

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When I first started talking WB it effected my cycle, but now it's back to normal.

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This is only my third day on wellbutrin, but I have notice sharp pains in my right ovary. These were not occuring before the wellbutrin. ( Not since before my surgery anyway-1 year ago) I have severe endometriosis and have recently started taking depo provera to stop my periods. From what I have read I am a little concerned that I may spot or bleed or even get a period. I sure hope not...

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You said you are taking depro provera to stop your periods, have you been taking this for long? And either way, is this about the time you would normally have your period? I've known people taking meds to stop their period that have still had cramps, and other symptoms like if they were having it, only they weren't. Maybe that could be the case? If it continues, I would ask your doctor about it.

My cycle wasn't too effected at first by this med, just when I had 1 or 2 periods that started early...but now I seem to be having reallly *light* periods. I can tell that there is something there, but I never really get heavy flow. Just the 'beginning' and 'end' stuff...except (excuse me for the detail here) after I have sex, then sometimes I will get a bit of heavy flow, but other than that I barely have it. I don't know if I should worry? Or if it will just come and go like this? Anybody have a similar experience?

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Yes-I'm trying to stop my periods. I took depot provera for a few years before I had my children. I never had a period while on the depo(woohoo:) Here I am 5 years later going back on it...and not even for the birth control aspect LOL! My endometriosis is really severe and I am trying to postpone a complete hysterectomy till my kids are a little bigger. I have already had a tube and ovary removed along with a huge tumor.

Depo=depression and weight gain for me...this is where the wellbutrin comes in.(plus I am giving up the smokes)..but I am still having the intermittent pain-like you said a period with out the actual period. But I guess it's better than hormone replacement meds at 26.

Thanks for the info.

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I'm on birth control pills and my period always starts on Thursday or Friday after the last active pill. I'm on my 3rd week of WB and my period came a week early and I'm having very very heavy flow. I read some of the other posts and right now am assuming this must be a side effect. I see my doc next month for my yearly physical/pap so I will give it a mention for sure! Weird!!!

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I've been on Wellbutrin for 5 years and never had any problems except at first my periods were a bit lighter - pity that didn't stay!!

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Yeah, I am experiencing the lightness now! It is rather nice...although sometimes I'm a bit paranoid and wonder if I am really having it! But I can tell from my body that I am, so its ok. I'm just paranoid. :)

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Well it has been 26 days for me on the wellbutrin sr. I am also on depot provera. I had been on depot about 5 years ago and never had a period while on this medication. Now, I have had a period in the first month I have gone back on this shot...I am wondering if the wellbutrin has affected this. I am on the shot to stop my cycle-If I still get my period what is the point of the medication...I will have to make the choice of giving up the depot or giving up the wellbutrin if this continues. Any suggestions as to what might be going on? Has anyone had similar experiences?

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I found that WB had a definite hormonal effect on me, also. However, you might want to give it some more time - sometimes the body adjusts and the side-effects lessen.

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I would wait a bit and see how it goes, 2happy. In the first few months...well actually I think the first month I was okay, and then the next two periods were screwy for me. I had some spotting which I'd never had before, and then one came a week early, which is wierd because I am on the pill and it ispretty much always predictable...and then I think the next one was a few days late, and then it evened out and now they are pretty light for me, for the most part. So it is definitely a little wierd (not sure why it happens) but it seems like sometimes your body needs a few months or something to get used to the med.

So unless the WB is giving you other problems, I'd wait it out a bit, maybe a month or two even though that seems like a long time, and I feel like it should even out. You can always ask your doctor tho, or even your obgyn.

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I was of those lucky women who had insanely short periods (3-5days... i know! it's amazing). After taking WB for a month my next period was well... longer. In other words, what most women normally experience (5-7days). LOL. I guess I cant complain too much. But it still takes getting used to. :hearts:

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Has anyone noticed a difference in their menstrual cycle or breakthrough bleeding while on Wellbutrin? In all my years I have basically never had breakthrough bleeding, and this is the second cycle and I am not due for a week yet this is the second day I have had some scant bleeding and my ovaries hurt. I am getting irritated with this and wish it would stop.....

Has anyone else had this occur?

I just want you to know that you're not alone, i have been on my period since December 12th 2005, and it hasn't stopped yet!!!

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Welcome, care_bear!

You poor thing - I hope you've discussed this with your doc!

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I am really worried! I have been on WB for about 3 weeks and my period was suppose to come last weekend and it did for only one day! It is usually about 4 days! I am concerned about pregnancy, but if it is just the WB.? It seems like alot of you have had changes in your cycle while be on this pill... I don't know what to do. :hearts:

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Has anyone noticed a difference in their menstrual cycle or breakthrough bleeding while on Wellbutrin? In all my years I have basically never had breakthrough bleeding, and this is the second cycle and I am not due for a week yet this is the second day I have had some scant bleeding and my ovaries hurt. I am getting irritated with this and wish it would stop.....

Has anyone else had this occur?

Just to add my .02, I have had this in the past few months. The thing is, I just started WB 2 days ago. For me it is unrelated, and Doc is trying to figure it out. It may or may not be a SE for you, it's worth going to have it checked.

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I've been on wb for 7 weeks and my period is ten days late so far, and no signs of it coming soon either. We'll see....

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I've been on WB XL 300 over 7wks now (I started on XL150)

& this past week my menstrual cycle started 2 wks earlier

then it's due date. I've never had a problem with my cycle before so I'm a little concerned with this.

Maybe I should correct myself. Since I've been taking birth control I haven't had a problem with

when I get my menstrual cycle. I do have a lot of side effects when my menstrual period starts

but this time around I feel even more depressed & I missed 2 days of work so far this week.

I'm a little concerned because I thought WB would be working by now but, I think I may

need something to take with it if things don't change soon.

It's officially 51 days that I've been taking WB & with the se I think I've given it as much

as I can. The ups & the downs are really hard but I kept taking it every day.

I know there is no "perfect" cure or pill to make depression just go away but,

if something doesn't start to work soon I will be jobless & without a job I can't

afford my rent or the other bills I have.

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I too have my periods earlier and for a longer time and spotting as well. I have been taking WB for 2 months now. I have an IUD (Mirena) and before Wellbutrin, I no longer had my periods. I'm going to see my Doc just to rule out any other condition but I am sure Wellbutrin has something to do with this. Maybe it causes some hormonal imbalance but I am not an expert ...

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I stated a few weeks ago on WB SR, and my cycle came a week earlier and is much heavier and more painful. The only change in my routine is WB, so it has to be behind behind it. I'm having a lot of clotting (which I never normally have). and my period, which normally lasts 4-5 days, is now on day 7. I'm thinking of quitting WB because of all this.

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