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A 17-year-old female asked:

Started birth control since then periods weird. about 2 weeks before i get spotting, i think and it's a mucusy brown. what does this mean?

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Dr. Amanda Harding
Pediatrics 20 years experience
Birth control: It is normal for the first couple of cycles after starting birth control to have irregular bleeding. Be sure your pregnancy test is negative also. If it persists, you may need different form of birth control
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Last updated May 24, 2014

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