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A 17-year-old female asked:

Had unprotected sex 4 days ago, red spotting turning brown, 3 days before period due. take birth control regularly, what's wrong?

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 23 years experience
   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.

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