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A 19-year-old female asked:

I got depo-provera feb and have had breakthrough bleeding. it's red when i wipe but it's brown on my sanitary pad. i'm worried. what could it be? pregnancy?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ralph Boling
Obstetrics and Gynecology 39 years experience
Initially a couple : of months, then should be very light to no flow at all.
Dr. Stanley Swaby
Obstetrics & Gynecology 26 years experience
Normal: 'Breakthrough' bleeding or spotting as it is occurring will be red. However, the blood will absorbs the oxygen from the air and as it dries it will turn brown. This is normal and not a cause for concern.

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