A 19-year-old female asked:

I am 21 and my period is always on time and always the same. 3 days ago my period came on time but is dark brown. whats wrong?! im only spotting and there is no sign of red blood its only dark brown and my period is never this way. i am sexually active co

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Dr. Mary Engrav
Dr. Mary Engravanswered
Emergency Medicine 33 years experience
If : If your period is lighter in amount or a darker color, then taking a pregnancy test is reasonable and may put your mind at rest. If you have discharge, then contact your physician for an evaluation. You may want to consider starting an oral contraceptive or an implantable form of birth control like Implanon or mirena, (levonorgestrel) but the only way to prevent infection is using a condom.
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