Hi everyone! I've started my first ever HBC and I'm about halfway through the fourth week/ sugar pill week. So everything was fine up until now, when a few things happened; first, I got a nosebleed (almost unheard of with me), two, I got my period in fits and starts until the third day when it started coming out like some sort of jelly, really thick and it wouldn't soak into the pad properly. And now on my fifth day on the sugar pill it's just light spotting. So that's all new for me, because I started BC to have a lighter and less painful menstruation. I did have cramping on the third day, and then last night I had the worst stomach pain of my life; it was cramping all over from my stomach down. Now, I have IBS so I originally attributed it to that, but the pain was so intense and long-lasting and cramping which is unusual for my normal IBS symptoms.
So I guess my question is whether or not these are side effects of the HBC, and if so, then why is it making the pain and the radical change in discharge so extreme?