A 18-year-old female asked:
could not taking a break from active birth control pills cause brown discharge / spotting?
1 doctor answer
Dr. Jeff Livingston answered
21 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Breakthrough bleed: Breakthrough bleeding (bleeding at the wrong time) is very common on birth control. It happens in about 1/3 of users. Its no big deal and usually self corrects over time. If you are not satisfied or it continues to happen then consider using a different birth control method. It is a common side effect and does not mean something is wrong or that the pill is not working.
Answered on Jun 28, 2016
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