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Can birth control cause brown spotting before period

A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics and Gynecology 44 years experience
No problem: If the spotting is occurring during the time you'd otherwise expect a "period", it's nothing to worry about--for many women who've been on the pill fo... Read More

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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Wayne Ingram
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Old blood/do nothing: This is old blood coming out of the vagina in drips and drabs and will eventually stop. Since you were on oral contraceptives you were used to the ind... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Yun Tran
Dr. Yun Trananswered
Family Medicine 16 years experience
Watch it: we all get a little abnormal bleeding from time to time. It is called bteah through bleed, and it can happen with or without birth control pills. I wo... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mary David
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Possibilities: There are several things that can cause irregular periods including stress, weight, diet, or exercise changes, medicines, or diseases such as PCOS, th... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Kurss
Obstetrics and Gynecology 39 years experience
Probably: The pill controls your cycle artificially and generally predictably. Any alteration in the regimen will usually result in unscheduled bleeding. Fortun... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Philip Miller
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Menstrual: this sounds like pre-menstrual spotting and bleeding. This also depends on your age, menstrual cycle. and recent sexual activity. Monitor your cycles ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Stanley Swaby
Obstetrics and Gynecology 26 years experience
Maybe normal.: Your wife should do a pregnancy test to exclude pregnancy. Spotting maybe normal with an iud especially with the paragard (copper) iud. It is also com... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Oral contraceptives: The brown spotting is likely just older blood being cleaned out of the uterus. There can be some irregularly with you start a new oral contraceptive.... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stuart Hickerson
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Brown spotting: Not uncommon. If you are not having any pain or fever and the spotting resolves this is normal. Typically it is the lower aspect of your endometrial... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bruce Pierce
Obstetrics and Gynecology 29 years experience
Most likely: This is what we call break through bleeding. A common side effect of birth control pills. If you miss your period, take another pregnancy test.

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