Birth Control/Aviane


It's my first time ever with aviane I only went threw 3 weeks on the pill. I only drank two light green placebo pills. My question is when will my period stop. And what might be my side effects. I'm only 16 years old

Hi Gina,

Thanks for your message.

You say you are taking aviane and are on the placebo pills. You ask when your period will stop and what side effects might be.

Your period will normally be from 3 to 5 days on the pill. However some women experience breakthrough bleeding or spotting (light bleeding) that is not their period. This is fairly common for some pills. If this happens to you and you find it distressing or want to stop then you can go ask your doctor for a different pill with a different hormone combination.

Side effects are all listed on the paper included in the pill pack. Common ones are breast tenderness, nausea, or mood changes. However after being on the pill for a few months these side effects often get to be less as your body adjusts to the hormones. Positive side effects include less PMS and lighter periods.

You can read more about birth control pills here ( or you can always ask your doctor for more information.

I hope this helps,

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I can answer questions about how to choose which method of contraception is right for you, how to deal with mistakes, effectiveness, and emergency contraception. I also have training in HIV, STIs, and sexual health education. I cannot tell you what is the right choice, but I can tell you the pros and cons of each method to help you make an informed decision for your circumstances. If you have had a condom break or had unprotected sex and need emergency contraception please call you local Planned Parenthood or check out


I have been working in the field of sexual health for a decade with specific training in contraception, STIs, HIV, and sexual problems. I have worked in several Planned Parenthood-affiliated charities, telephone helplines, research, education, and currently work for a local health authority evaluating HIV programs in the city.

Macbeth, A., Weerakoon, P., Sitharthan, G. (2009). Australian Parentsí Opinions about School-based Sexual Health Education. Sexual Health. 6, 328-333. I write a weekly advice column for Morning Quickie website which can be found here:

I have a Masters in Applied Science (Sexual Health) where I did research on sex education in schools and at home with parents and young people, as well as many counselling skills courses.

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