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A 28-year-old female asked:

I have brown discharge for a week now and lower stomach cramps. i'm not suppose to get my period for another week. i'm on birth control. what is this?

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Dr. Karen Dantin
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Possible I fection: If painful would see your doc to rule out infection.
Dr. Timothy Brown
Obstetrics and Gynecology 44 years experience
Breakthrough bleed: This sort of "break through" bleeding will happen occasionally on the pill, especially if you are a little irregular about taking them. The cramps are directly associated, the uterus is squeezing out that little bit of blood. Things should resolve with your next pill cycle.

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Last updated Oct 13, 2015

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